This weekend saw the annual Evo tournament once again stepping into the ring, and it was a packed show as always. This time around, we got major fighting game reveals, big DLC announcements, and a whole bunch of rollback netcode, plus more. Here's everything that was announced at Evo 2022.
Street Fighter 6 gets Juri and Kimberly showcase
Street Fighter 6 was announced all the way back in February, and during the Evo tournament, we got a look at two characters headed to the game: music lover Kimberly and unhinged warrior Juri. Kimberly looks agile and quick, with a special seemingly based on her love of music and graffiti, and Juri looks just as crazy as you'd hope she'd be, showing off a special where she dominates her opponent and takes a snap of it to laugh at after the fact. You can check the trailer out here.
Tekken 8 was (probably) announced
Meanwhile, over in the world of Tekken, we got what looks like an announcement for Tekken 8, although the game wasn't technically officially revealed. Instead, at the end of a trailer for an upcoming Tekken 7 update (promising balance adjustments and "new tactics"), the classic Tekken cutscene in which Jin throws Heihachi from the cliff was shown. The PS1 polygonal version of Jin then morphs into a more modern render, accompanied by a voiceover and text exhorting us to "get ready". Looks like this is either Tekken 8 or some kind of remake of one of the classic Tekken games. Our money's on the former.
Evo 2022 rollback announcements
As well as Street Fighter 6 and Tekken, we also got a couple of rollback netcode announcements. Rollback is swiftly becoming the dominant protocol when it comes to online fighting games, and it's hard not to see why, given it almost always leads to a smoother online multiplayer experience (provided it's done well, of course). Persona 4 Arena Ultimax now has rollback netcode in a move that will surprise nobody given that it's been under consideration for a while now. Rollback is also coming to Samurai Shodown in spring 2023, and a new PS5 and Xbox Series X|S version of Dragon Ball FighterZ was confirmed to have rollback netcode as well (along with the PC version). Exciting times!
Other Evo 2022 announcements
There were a whole bunch of other Evo 2022 announcements as well, of course, so let's take a quick look at them. A new game in the long-running Fatal Fury series was revealed, following on from 1999's Garou: Mark of the Wolves. King of Fighters XV is getting crossplay, as well as new DLC in the form of Team Samurai, who will join the game this fall, as well as two classic SNK characters in the form of Kim Kaphwan and Shingo Yabuki, who are on their way in 2023. Don't forget that Team Awakened Orochi launches today for KoF XV, too.
Guilty Gear Strive didn't escape the Evo 2022 treatment, either. A new character is being released today in the form of Bridget, and we also got a look at the game's upcoming schedule, with a cross-play beta test scheduled for mid-September. Another new character is on the way to the game this fall, and two new fighters will be added in 2023, so it's a good time to be a Guilty Gear Strive fan, especially given that the game recently crossed a million sales. Sadly, it's not all good news for the fighting game community, though, as developer RareBreed Makes Games and publisher Aksys announced that Blazing Strike has been delayed until spring 2023.
If you've been holding on for MultiVersus news after the recent Season 1 delay, Evo 2022 had you covered. Rick and Morty will be added as separate characters in the season, with Rick coming first and Morty arriving later. The game is also getting a classic Arcade ladder mode and ranked play, as well as new cosmetics and more. As well as this, DLC characters were announced for Melty Blood: Type Lumia (Neco-Arc and Mash Kyrielight), Skullgirls 2nd Encore (Marie), and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (Hugh Neutron, who wasn't in our wishlist, so boo). Lots of stuff to look forward to if you're a fighting game enthusiast!