EVO Japan 2018 Features Tekken 7, ARMS, But Not Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite
EVO Japan 2018
(Last Updated On: July 16, 2017)

The official trailer for EVO Japan in 2018 has released, airing during the grand finals that was also broadcast on ESPN 2. The trailer reveals the EVO Japan game line-up, which includes Bandai Namco’s Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, King of Fighters XIV, Blazblue: Central Fiction, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, Street Fighter V, and Nintendo’s very own ARMS.

Surprisingly, there is no Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite and Super Smash Bros. Melee was also left out of the loop. Another fan-favorite, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 – which had to be crowdfunded to make the cut at this year’s EVO 2017 event – is also absent from the Japanese line-up. You can see the trailer below to get a glimpse at what will be competitively showcased at next year’s event in Tokyo, Japan.

Not having Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite could be a sign that EVO Japan only wants quality, patched games at the ready when it’s time to compete. This also means that we won’t be seeing Injustice 2 make the cut either.

In fact, there’s a very stark absence of American fighting games, something that was already a rarity at most EVO events save for NetherRealm Studios’ Mortal Kombat games and Microsoft’s Killer Instinct (the latter of which did not make the cut at this year’s championship series).

As tweeted out by the official EVO Japan Twitter account, you can expect to see the EVO Japan 2018 Championship Series get underway between January 26th, 2018 and January 28th, 2018 over the weekend.

It’s a little shocking that the game line-up is so tame because it would have seemed like Capcom would have lobbied hard to have Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite on display as a premiere title at the tournament. The game is due out on September 19th, 2017 later this year for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

You can learn more about the EVO Japan line-up by visiting the newly opened official website.


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  • Disqusted

    So much for those assholes saying we had to all play MvsC:I or else we hate fighting games or some bullshit. Owned.

    You mentioned Capcom would have lobbied for MvsC:I but it sounds like Disney would have too. I heard Evo was being broadcast on Disney channel?

    Friend told me earlier they forced someone to change costume because Cammy showed some butt during her super. Everyone is like two years old now. Grow the f**k up, West.

    A few more years of this bullshit, and they’ll be cutting off female skin, butt and boobs to protect the children. “Underage” will become anything under 40.

    Edit: ESPN is Disney. Forgot.

    • Yeah just put up a story about that.

    • A few more years of this bullshit, and they’ll be cutting off female
      skin, butt and boobs to protect the children.

      “protect the children”

      Translated as: “protect the feelings of whiny crybaby feminists”

  • MONAD

    Evo was fun when it wasn’t televised. When it was just strictly internet based. Now it’s just been ruined, and become too commercialized. I tend to pay attention to the smaller tourneys on youtube that pop up every now and again.

    • Combo Breaker and CES is where the real action is. Just a hint of thuggery to keep it entertaining.

      • RichardGristle

        UFGT is usually pretty fun as well.

    • EVO was brilliant when it wasn’t mainstream. It was like this unique corner of the Internet that was completely free of bulls*it SJWs, feminists and politics.

      Many years ago I even remember when Dead Or Alive was being played (cannot remember which one, 4 or 5), the commentators sometimes joked about how hot the female characters were, they used to make a lot of indirect jokes about it.

      Imagine if the commentators did that now on E-Sports and ESPN?

      • Oh man, you’re bringing up some fond memories. I remember when the commentators used to comment about the hot female chicks as well. Language used to be a lot looser as well, providing for some good laughs and entertainment. I used to really enjoy the non-mainstream version of EVO because it felt real, it felt authentic. Everyone seemed to be there to have a good time and enjoy the competition. But now it’s all corporate… and you can see the community aspects slowly fading away.