An official announcement trailer for Evo 2018 has revealed the date and location of the upcoming 2018 edition of Evolution Championship Series. For the second year in a row, the entire event will take place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will begin on Friday, August 3, and end on Sunday, August 5; later than the usual mid-July dates the event has had for the last several years.
Mark your calendars, save up your travel money, and most importantly, hit the fighting game grind to prepare for another year of the world's biggest and most prestigious competitive fighting game event.
The game lineup was not announced in the video, as it's usually revealed sometime in January or February in a separate, special broadcast.
Quick TakeIt can only be speculated as of now, but Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are all almost certain to return, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Dragon Ball FighterZ are extremely likely to debut. The return of Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, The King of Fighters XIV, and BlazBlue: Central Fiction are all up in the air. In a period where fighting games are starting to come out by the boatload, it's hard to gauge which will be prioritized and featured in the event, especially when the lineup has been kept to a reasonably low number of titles (around nine). Could BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle be included if it's released before August? Could Arika's currently unnamed fighting game make the cut? How about less conventional, arena-style fighting games such as Gundam Versus or Dissidia Final Fantasy NT? Making the main lineup for Evo is considered a big deal for many scenes, but even if some aren't included, either company-sponsored side events or player-organized tournaments can still be held at the venue by those with enough drive.
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