After calling off this year's Evo in Las Vegas, the tournament organizer has announced its plans for a digital event this summer. Evo Online will take place across five weekends, with most of the former main event games being played as exhibitions and some new games taking up the mantle for open competition.
Announced on Twitter, Evo Online will feature "special exhibitions and content for Evo 2020's original lineup." Though most of the games are back on the docket, including standards like Street Fighter and the Marvel vs Capcom 2 anniversary event, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is conspicuously absent.
The open tournaments will move to four new games that weren't on the bill before now. Mortal Kombat 11 gets an Evo spot again after its initial snub, and Killer Instinct joins the lineup alongside two interesting games: the pony fighting game Them's Fightin' Herds and Skullgirls.
The common thread between all four is that they have generally solid netcode, which will be crucial for hosting any sort of online tournament in the current global health climate. With in-person tournaments not looking possible anytime soon, hopefully this is a pinch for companies to start considering new netcode solutions.
Starting on Fourth of July weekend, Evo Online will run two-day events every weekend leading up to a final three-day weekend starting July 31. More signups and event info is on the way.
While the situation isn't ideal, I'm happy to see Evo still have a show this year, and still featuring some cool events like the Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 invitational. With some smaller games like Them's Fightin' Herds getting a spotlight too, it could still turn out to be a fun month of fighting game action.