In a Red Bull Esports stream on Twitch, the organizers of the Evo 2018 Championship Series revealed the main lineup for this year's tournament. Like always, there are eight primary titles for Evo 2018, but what's surprising is what games got in and which ones didn't. The full list of games is below.
- Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
- Tekken 7
- BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle
- Injustice 2
- Guilty Gear Xrd R2
- Super Smash Bros Melee
- Super Smash Bros for Wii U
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
Yeah, it's an interesting list. Arc System Works walks away with three games on the main card: BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd R2, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is an odd move, as the game won't be released until May 31, 2018 in Japan and June 5, 2018 worldwide. That only gives contestants two months to prepare for the tournament. BlazBlue: Central Fiction seems like the more logical choice, but hey, the short prep time may lead to some unique contenders.
Nintendo also gets two entries with Super Smash Bros Melee and Super Smash Bros for Wii U. Melee is a contentious choice, as it's very popular, but also has an unchanging meta and mostly consistent list of contenders for the crown.
#Evo2018 Sunday games will be Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2Super Smash Bros. MeleeTEKKEN 7Dragon Ball FighterZStreet Fighter V Arcade Edition— EVO (@EVO) February 7, 2018
What's missing is also worth noting. Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite doesn't even get into Evo for its launch year, which is seen by much of the community as a complete death knell. Dragon Ball FighterZ is seen as the heir apparent for the Mahvel crown. King of Fighters XIV also misses being on the title card, only increasing some of the animosity towards Melee, which is seen by some as the game that took up that slot.
Evo 2018 will take place on August 3 - 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.