Is Dragon Ball FighterZ popular in the fighting game community? According to Evo head Joey Cuellar, it's a resounding "yes," with the anime-based fighter topping Evo 2018 registrations with a "big lead."
The exact numbers of registered fighters aren't known, and registration will continue through the summer even after Evo 2018's early bird registration ended on March 31. Still, this is big news for Dragon Ball FigtherZ for having displaced Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, currently the second most registered game, at this year's Evo.
Evo 2018 Leaderboard #1 DBFZ (Big Lead)#2 SFV:AE#3 TEKKEN 7#4 Melee#5 SmashBrosWiiU#6 BBTAG#7 REV2#8 Injustice 2#Evo2018— Joey Cuellar (@MrWiz) April 2, 2018
The other fighting games playable at this year's Evo in order of early-bird registration are as follows: Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator 2, and Injustice 2.
Dragon Ball FighterZ popularity is obviously a big coup for Arc System Works and Bandai Namco. While Dragon Ball is newer than the other fighting games on the list, it's undeniable that Dragon Ball FighterZ has captured the fighting game community in a way we haven't seen since Marvel vs. Capcom. And it should be said that Marvel vs. Capcom will not be at Evo this year.
In our oral history of Evo, we explained that the massive fighting game tournament is practically synonymous with Street Fighter. Dragon Ball FighterZ' rise doesn't mean that Street Fighter V has been relegated to second-place at Evo. The coveted Sunday night championship spotlight isn't determined by registration numbers afterall. Instead, the numbers should be seen as an indication of the enthusiasm that Dragon Ball FighterZ seems to ignite in players.
To learn why, check out our Dragon Ball FighterZ review. Though we didn't score it, we praised the game as a "new path forward" for Dragon Ball games. Also check out our Dragon Ball FighterZ Beginner's Guide if you're an aspiring Evo champ.