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EVO 2017 Ends But The Fighting Game Announcements Are Just Beginning


EVO 2017 drew to a close yesterday, and if you tuned in to watch any of the matches, you knew it was an explosive finish. The championship series may have come to an end, but all of your favorite fighting games are just getting started! EVO is always a great time for fighting game developers to come out and show off their new stuff, and we got to see lots of cool new reveals this year!

During the breaks in between matches, developers from different companies came out onto the main stage to talk about news and of course announcements. Here’s a quick rundown of all the major reveals we saw at this year’s EVO.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle

Perhaps the biggest announcement of them all, Arc System Works has revealed a new project, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle! The trailer starts off with two familiar faces from the BlazBlue universe: Ragna the Bloodedge and Jin Kisaragi. Right as the two are about to face off in one their trademark brotherly duels, two new faces fly into the battle – Yu Narukami from Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Hyde from Under Night In-Birth join the fray in the ultimate cross over battle royale! Just when we thought it was over, a new challenger appears, and it’s none other than Ruby Rose from the hit web animation series RWBY!

Tekken 7 – Geese Howard

With Tekken 7 still fresh from release, you knew Bandai Namco had something up their sleeves, and it was quite something alright! Geese Howard, the big bad from SNK’s Fatal Fury games, raging storms his way into the Tekken universe! This iteration of Geese is the same power-hungry martial artist from the original Fatal Fury games, and he’s still got his trademark moves like his signature Reppuken and Jaei Ken. Geese Howard will be available as a DLC character this Winter.

Street Fighter V – Abigail

Don’t forget about Capcom! Street Fighter V gets its latest Season 2 playable character, and it’s another Final Fight character! Abigail, the big burly boss enemy from Final Fight makes his way into Street Fighter V with thunderous power. At first glance Abigail looks like another bulky grappler, like Zangief and Hugo before him. You can watch him toss poor Ed around like a ragdoll, and even get to see his critical art. If you already own the Season 2 character pass, Abigail will be available for download on July 25.

Dragon Ball FighterZ – Trunks

And last but definitely not least, the time traveling fan favorite Trunks will be joining the Dragon Ball FighterZ roster! Dragon Ball FighterZ is shaping up to be complex and deep fighter that still holds all the flashiness that comes with being Dragon Ball. Dragon Ball FighterZ will arrive early 2018, and closed beta registrations will open on July 26 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

EVO was definitely a spectacle this year, and even if you didn’t watch any matches, there were loads and loads of awesome announcements for top fighting games of today. Which of these are you most excited for?

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EVO 2017 Starts the Fighting Game Extravaganza Today


The EVO Championship Series 2017 has officially started today! Players from all around the world gather in Las Vegas July 14 – 16 to duke it out in popular fighting games. Who will become the champions this year? You can start watching your favorite games and players because the fighting has officially started today! Here’s a quick list of the games featured at this year’s EVO:

Main Events

  • Street Fighter V
  • Super Smash Bros. WiiU
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Tekken 7
  • Injustice II
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • BlazBlue: Central Fiction
  • The King of Fighters XIV

AnimEVO Lineup

  • Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!!
  • Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match
  • Catherine
  • Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe
  • Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus Reload
  • Gundam Versus
  • Hokuto no Ken
  • Koihime Enbu
  • Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code
  • Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late
  • Vampire Savior
  • Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm

Side Events

  • Capcom vs SNK 2
  • Dissidia NT
  • Dragon Ball Fighter Z
  • Pokken Tournament
  • Project M
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo
  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike
  • Street Fighter X Tekken

Here’s a full stream schedule chart:

And here are the Twitch channel links:

Don’t miss out on the panels happening this year either! On Saturday morning, Tom Cannon (one of the founders of EVO) will be hosting a special 15 Years of EVO celebration panel. It’s sure to be a nice little trip down memory lane! On Friday (today!), Square Enix will be hosting a panel to probably show off some more information about the upcoming Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Popular YouTuber Maximillian will also be hosting his own panel today. There’s lots of stuff to see at this year’s EVO, and even if you can’t make it there in person you’ve got online streams!

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