Street Fighter V has officially replaced the predecessor title in the series. Street Fighter IV and its variants have been a part of Evo's game lineup since 2009. An interview with Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar at Shoryuken details the reasoning behind the change:
Street Fighter V is set to make its debut at Evo 2016. What factors prompted the replacement of Ultra Street Fighter IV?
Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar: Street Fighter V is a brand new game and a vast majority of people are playing it. The success of their beta tests confirms this. Street Fighter IV has had an incredible run of seven years, and we hope people continue to play this game, but for this year Evo will be running Street Fighter V only (puts on Guile shades).
Do you think Street Fighter V will have as big an impact on the tournament as Street Fighter IV did in its first appearance?
Mr. Wizard: I think it will be much bigger. There are 30 million PlayStation 4s out there as well as countless PCs. Everyone has access to this game from the getgo this time around, so a lot of people will be fiending on it this year!
The remainder of the lineup includes Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Pokken Tournament, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, and Tekken 7: Fated Retribution.
Evo (short for Evolution Championship Series) is the longest-running fighting games tournament in the world. It was originally founded in 1996 as a 40 man Street Fighter II tournament in California before expanding into what it is today.
Evo 2016 will be taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 15-17. Friday & Saturday's events will be taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Sunday's events will be at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The registration deadline for Evo 2016 is June 30, 2016 at 11:59PM PST.
What do you think of the Evo 2016 lineup? Do you think it was a good idea for them to drop Street Fighter IV in favor of the newer Street Fighter V? What games do you think should have been included in the 2016 lineup? Let us know in the comments below!