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Why EVO 2015 is dropping several big games this year

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EVO, the annual tournament wherein scores are settled in the vernacular of a Brakpan greeting, would not be complete without certain games filling up the tournament schedule. Super Smash Bros, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter are the usual big draws, but then you have smaller fighting games that have their own dedicated crowds watching on. But a number of those specific games have been dropped this year. And that’s because so few people are playing them now.

“Many things go into what games makes it to Evo, but the most obvious one is, ‘Is the community playing this game?’” Evo organiser Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar  expalined to Shoryuken.

A prime example of this is King of Fighters. After last year’s Evo, the game just stopped being played. Even in SoCal (Arguably the home of KOF in the United States), no one was playing this game. Even though it’s still a good game, the interest died out.

However, because of the interest in BlazBlue at last year’s tournament, games such as Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will be maing a debut at EVO. But that’s also because BlazBlue’s latest update has sent fans away in droves, hence the exclusion of that particular game from the roster. “BlazBlue having a big year last year certainly opened the door for this decision,” Cuellar said.

Guilty Gear has always been an Evo favorite and it was back this year, and everyone seemed to be playing it. Persona also seems to cater to the not fully anime crowd and more on the mainstream side of things. This can lead to big things at Evo. BlazBlue had a version update that not to many players were fond of, and we rarely put a title in Evo based on the previous year’s top eight.

The big draw for me this year will obviously be Mortal Kombat X, which won’t exactly be a tournament staple yet by the time the game releases in April and EVO kicks off in July. “Mortal Kombat 9 was a huge game for Evo and had a three-year run. Based on that alone, we have no doubt Mortal Kombat X will be a huge hit at Evo,” Cuellar said of the game.

I’ve got a feeling that EVO this year is going to be a big event. Besides the new selection of games, there’ll also be some old school arcade battling when Tekken 7 hits the scene. It also means that this year, new faces have a chance to really take down the top dogs. Which is going to make for some great viewing.

Last Updated: January 29, 2015


  1. That’s really sad…Especially KOF. I’m such a huge fan and funnily enough, Takuma used to be my main 🙁 That header makes me sad.


    • Hammersteyn

      January 29, 2015 at 12:08

      Back in the day I’d breeze through Art of Fighting on single totken. Most important was picking up the Super Death Blow at the first bonus stage.


      • Mandom (Umar)

        January 29, 2015 at 12:11

        ROBERT….Man Art of Fighting was so awesome!


        • Hammersteyn

          January 29, 2015 at 12:18

          SNK and Neo-Geo had some of the best arcade games back then. You could always tell one was close by if you walked into a cafe or at the movies


          • Mandom (Umar)

            January 29, 2015 at 12:23

            Dammit dude!…Now I wana play some KOF and Metal Slug

          • Hammersteyn

            January 29, 2015 at 12:26


  2. Hammersteyn

    January 29, 2015 at 12:11

    Mortal Kombat X seems faster than MK9. Also the different styles is something they tried before but not as effective till now. Cant wait to see how the story unfolds after the GOT ending in MK9


  3. Ross Woofels Mason

    January 29, 2015 at 13:43

    I agree with KOF being dropped.

    It was the hypest game of 2013 EVO but last year the showing was just bad, really boring matches over all. Pretty happy K.I is still around, and Xrd is getting a spot light.

    They really could of dropped UMvC 3 in favor of something else though, and as for MK X that is probably going to be the hypest game of evo this year.


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