Greetings fellow combatants! For fighting game enthusiasts and professionals, EVO remains one of the biggest fighting game tournaments around the world. If you missed the tournament last weekend, or just forgot to tune into the livestream (as I did), there were multiple announcements by many of the featured publishers for their respective games. For the more casual enthusiasts, here is a quick run down of the most notable announcements coming out of the show in one convenient page:
Street Fighter V’s next character is Abagail
I’ll admit, I haven’t touched this game since wrapping up story mode, but as a huge fan of the series, I can’t help but take notice at the latest Street Fighter news and how the latest game is holding up, even as a casual observer these days. Capcom is no stranger to hulking brute characters, but when Abagail joins the roster on July 25th, he will be the largest Street Fighter character to date.
Abagail hails from the Final Fight series as a member of the Mad Gear gang. His stage, the Metro City Bar Area, is also based on the classic game. In addition, the classic Suzaku Castle stage along with several classic costumes will also be added this month.
Dragon Ball FighterZ Continues to Look Amazing; Beta Coming
Trunks was officially announced for the new Dragon Ball Z fighting game from Arc Systems Works. The trailer was short, but the second surprise came at the end with the announcement of a closed beta later this year. Registration begins July 26th for Xbox One and PS4 players.
Though I personally never had much interest in Dragon Ball in general, I’ve been quite intrigued since the game was announced on stage at E3 2017 during the Microsoft conference and was eager to learn more. The animations look superb, the gameplay looks like something straight out of the developer’s recent titles with a heavy dose of Marvel vs. Capcom on steroids. But don’t take my word for it. Take a look at some of the sick moments at this year’s EVO and read up on some of the pro’s current opinions on how the game is shaping up.
Arc System Works Announces a New Crossover Game and Jubei Confirmed for BlazBlue Central Fiction
Well, this came out of nowhere! Titled BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, this fighter is bringing characters from BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, and.... RWBY?! Assuming they aren’t limiting this to just these 4 series, I can already see the crossover possibilities.
In other BlazBlue related news, Jubei is finally being made playable for the first time in the series with the most recent title, Central Fiction.
Jedah Unveiled for Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite
Skip to 4:47 for the reveal. Sorry, no formal trailer here as of yet; just gameplay during the exhibition for the game. Though my interest in this game somewhat diminished after hearing about the underwhelming demo (and lack of X-Men), the gameplay here still looks promising. Jedah in particular, looks awesome and appears to retain his moveset from Darkstalkers.
It’s tough to say how exactly this game will shape up until it launches on September 19. For now, I’ll keep an open mind.
Geese Howard is Coming to Tekken 7
Probably my second favorite trailer of EVO, Geese Howard, of Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters fame, was announced as the next DLC character for Tekken 7. Seriously, check out these stills:
He will be out sometime this Winter.
Arika’s April Fools Prank is a Real Game?!
What started off as an April Fools prank this year turned out to be an actual game in progress. Arika, the developers behind the Street Fighter EX series, confirmed that they are working on a new untitled fighting game featuring various characters from their previous games. But here is the real reason I’m excited:
Skullomania, the Japanese salary man turned vigilante, is back!
Back to what I’ll be referring to as The Mysterious Fighting Game (from Arika’s YouTube page), it’s coming to the PS4 sometime in 2018 with a beta coming towards the end of the year. Though I’m anticipating more characters to return (Darun Mister was also announced, joining previously revealed Kairi, Garuda, and Hokoto/Shirase), I’m just excited to see these characters back in action after so long. But honestly, I think Gamespot’s Tamoor Hussain said it best:
Skullomania. Is. All. That. Matters.
In all seriousness, I’m hoping for Cracker Jack next.
That concludes my short coverage of EVO 2017's big announcements. What were your favorite announcements? Anyone have any EVO related stories they want to share, or other favorite highlights from the actual tournament this year? Feel free to leave a comment below, and select your character!