As the largest fighting game tournament of the year, Evo 2023 was expected to play host to a fair share of announcements, and the show did not disappoint. Even from day one, companies were already dropping reveals, even as players had yet to start their pools.
For those who missed out, we’ve compiled all of the Evo 2023 announcements in one spot.
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 is happening
Following the lukewarm reception to the first game—on top of the issues surrounding rival Multiversus—it would be fair to think that things have cooled down a bit for platform fighters. That said, no one seems to have told developers Ludosity and Fair Play Labs as they’re currently working on Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2, which adds even more characters from the network’s library of shows, the first of which is Plankton from SpongeBob SquarePants.
Under Night In-Birth II: Sy:Celes announced
One of the most speculated Evo 2023 announcements, especially after it was leaked via an entry in South Korea’s ratings board, the next Under Night In-Birth game has finally been revealed. The teaser for the game, called Under Night In-Birth II Sys:Celes, seems to indicate that it’ll retain the unique “Grind Grid” system of the original, while also teasing a few new characters.
Yasuo is coming to Riot’s “Project L“
With Evo 2023 officially playing host to Riot’s unnamed League of Legends fighter, codenamed”Project L,” for the first time, it was bound to come with some announcements. And it did with Riot revealing that Yasuo would not only be coming to the game but would be playable on the show floor. For fighting game fans, Yasuo looks to borrow some moves from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3‘s Vergil, adapting them to his League moveset.
Killer Instinct is getting a 10th-anniversary update
Of all the Evo 2023 announcements, this one was arguably the biggest surprise. Ten years since it first launched, Microsoft and Rare’s rebooted Killer Instinct is getting a 10th-anniversary update care of the team at Season 2 and 3 developer Iron Galaxy. As part of the update, not only will Killer Instinct receive improved matchmaking and 4k optimization for Xbox Series X and S, but it will also get its first balance update in five years.
Our friends @IronGalaxy are back! And together, we’re bringing you Killer Instinct's free 10th Anniversary Update later this year – including a balance update, improved matchmaking, and 4K support for Series X|S.
More info coming soon!
— Killer Instinct (@KillerInstinct) August 5, 2023
Razer’s Kitsune leverless controller arrives in October
Initially previewed at a Street Fighter 6 launch event, Razer’s Kitsune leverless controller now has a release date—October 31, 2023. The controller features a slim form factor, making it easier to bring to tournaments; it also uses Razer’s proprietary optical switches. The regular edition will cost $300 (around Php 16,600) at launch, while the Chun Li and Cammy variations will retail for $330 (around Php 18,000).
Street Fighter 6 is getting its first batch of new costumes
DLC costumes were Street Fighter V‘s bread and butter, so it’s surprising that Street Fighter 6 launched with so few. That looks to change, however, as Capcom has dropped a first look at some of the new costumes coming to the cast. The revealed Outfit 3 costumes, which you can check out below, are for Guile, Marissa, Dee Jay and Juri. That said, it’s highly likely that costumes for the rest of the cast are also in the works.
Usada Pekora is coming to Idol Showdown
Freeware Hololive fangame Idol Showown was a surprise hit when it launched in May, being one of the top free-to-play releases on Steam that month. The game’s attention to detail both in terms of fanservice and actual gameplay made it a hit with both vtuber and fighting game fans. The game even has a side tournament at Evo 2023.
Evo is also where the trailer for its first new character was dropped. Usada Pekora will be arriving on Steam on August 11, 2023, alongside a new stage and new collab character AZKi.
SNK is reviving a legend with Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves
It’s been known for some time that SNK was loving to revisit its Fatal Fury franchise with a sequel to the 1999 classic Garou: Mark of the Wolves. At Evo 2023, it gave out its first look at the new game, now called Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves. The teaser gives an early look at characters Terry and Rock, but not much else, so it’s not known whether it’ll return to the style of the original games or stick with the revised gameplay of Garou.
Indie fighter Pocket Bravery has a release date
One of the more low-key Evo 2023 announcements, after years in development Pocket Bravery finally has a release date. The retro-styled fighter, which features hand-drawn chibi sprite art, launches on PC via Steam on August 31, with a console release to follow.
A BRAVE NEW WORLD IS AHEAD! 🤩
Pocket Bravery launches August 31 on PC and soon to consoles!
Be prepared for the online closed beta starting next week and online open beta starting August 11 🥳
— Pocket Bravery (@PocketBravery) August 4, 2023
Duo Lon is coming to The King of Fighters XV
One of the more eagerly awaited Evo 2023 announcements was for the rest of The King of Fighters XV‘s season 2 character pass. Saudi Arabian fighter Najd—created by Saudi artist Mashael Al-Barrak as part of a character design contest—previously received a reveal trailer a couple of weeks back. Now she actually has a release date—August 8, 2023—the day immediately after Evo. Joining her in the trailer is fan favorite Duo Lon who will arrive in-game sometime in the fall.
Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising will have a free-to-play edition
At Evo 2023, Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising director Tetsuya Fukuhara finally revealed the game’s release date. In addition, he also revealed that the game will have a free-to-play edition. This means that those on the fence about getting the game will be able to try the game out, including many of its modes, for free.
GBVSR will release with a Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition, and a Free Edition that will allow players to enjoy the game for free! Jump into the story, online matches, and even Grand Bruise! tourneys with your friends on release day!
Certain game modes and features… pic.twitter.com/tp9arALr9F
— GBVS/Granblue Fantasy Versus (@gbvs_official) August 6, 2023
Reptile, Ashrah and Havik are coming to Mortal Kombat 1
Netherrealm Studios dropped a new trailer for Mortal Kombat 1, confirming three more characters for the upcoming fighters. Reptil, Ashrah and Havik will be part of the game’s cast when it launches on September 14, 2023. This is on top of a bunch of newly confirmed “Kameo” characters, including a number of 3D era characters, such as Sareena.
Raven returns in Tekken 8 alongside newcomer Azucena
After sitting the last installment out in favor of his master, Raven return in Tekken 8. In addition, Bandai Namco also revealed the first newcomer for the game—Peruvian MMA fighter Azucena. Beyond these two, it seems that Tekken 8 has at least two other newcomers based on data mining on a recent update to the game’s official website—a French UN agent named Victor and Heihachi’s secret daughter, Reina.
May, Faust, Ramlethal, Anji and two other characters
Johnny is coming to Guilty Gear Strive
Guilty Gear Strive is getting a 3rd season of content with four new characters, the first of which is none other than fan-favorite Johnny. In addition, the launch cast will also be getting updated with new moves. May, Faust, Ramlethal, Anji and two other characters will get them first, with the rest getting their new stuff in future updates.
Street Fighter 6 gave us a first look at DLC character A.K.I.
Right before the top 6 on Sunday, Capcom gave fans their first look at Street Fighter 6′s DLC character A.K.I. As many have speculated by her design and her name being an acronym of sorts, A.K.I. looks to have a poison-based gimmick, similar to Street Fighter V‘s F.A.N.G. That said, how this all plays out in-game is unknown, with Capcom only sharing a short clip of a World Tour mode interaction with her. That said, Capcom is likely to reveal more about her as her Fall 2023 release date approaches.
Street Fighter 6 is getting a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collab
Collaborations with other, non-Capcom, IPs have traditionally not been a Street Fighter thing. Street Fighter 6 looks to change that, however, with a collaboration with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While the collab won’t bring the actual Turtles into the game, it’ll give players the ability to make their own spin on them with costumes and cosmetic items that players can use with their custom avatar in World Tour mode and the Battle Hub.
Evo always beings a plethora of gifts for fans of fighting games and Evo 2023 did not disappoint. With all the announcements made at the event, it looks like fighting game fans will have much to look forward to until Evo returns in July of 2024.
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