EVO Online will replace the physical competition this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that isn’t the only major change, with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cut from the lineup, most likely due to issues with the game’s online performance.
Smash is an EVO staple, and while the organizers haven’t commented on the games omission, it’s believed that it may have been too difficult to run an online Smash tournament due to the game’s lacking netcode.
You can watch the lineup announcement video below, which teases five weekends of fighting games, with games like Dragonball FighterZ, Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V: Championship Edition leading the lineup.
Introducing Evo Online! pic.twitter.com/ecf8gxNGUW
— EVO (@EVO) May 14, 2020
The tournament will also feature four open online tournaments and run from July 4th to August 2. Signup and event info will be revealed soon, with more details available on the official Evo website.
The full line-up for the competition is as follows:
- Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Tekken 7
- Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
- SoulCalibur VI
- Granblue Fantasy: Versus
- Samurai Shodown
- Skullgirls Encore
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Killer Instinct
- Them’s Fightin’ Herds
In other Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news, check out this absurd player-built controller that tazes the user when they’re playing as Pichu.
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