The Evo 2022 game lineup is here

In their efforts to make up for lost time brought by the pandemic, the Evolution Championship Series (Evo) is packing a punch with its strong line-up in the upcoming EVO 2022 tournament in August. 

Last week, the annual esports fighting event showed that they are back more than ever after unveiling their full line-up of games to hold in this year’s edition of the tournament. 

The three-day championship tourney, which will be held from August 5 to 7, 2022, will showcase a range of nine familiar and debuting PlayStation 4 titles as they return to a live set-up in the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in  Las Vegas.

“We are thrilled to present a slate of fighting games representing so many of the genre’s player-bases for Evo 2022,” said EVO General Manager Rick Thiher in a statement. “There is nothing like the global Fighting Game Community’s energy when we gather for Evo, and I’m greatly looking forward to seeing what happens when we start the event series’ next chapter together later this year.”

Spearheading the pack are Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and Tekken 7. The two titles have been included in past editions of the event for quite some time now, dubbed as two of the premier fighting games in the world. (Read: Street Fighter 6 revealed by Capcom)

“As the largest and longest-running fighting game tournament, EVO’s storied history includes celebrating some of the best fighting game titles and players on the planet,” the statement said. 

Joining the two mainstays are Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate and Dragon Ball Fighter Z, marking their third appearance in the event. The latter will also feature the team versus team matches as well. 

On the other hand, critically-acclaimed game Guilty Gear Strive will make its debut in the event, along with The King Of Fighters XV, the latest installment in the KOF series which was just released last month. Furthermore, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Granblue Fantasy: Versus and Melty Blood: Type Lumina will also make their first appearances in the championship series event.

Super Smash Bros., which has been a part of the yearly line-up since 2007, will not make an appearance this time after developer Nintendo announced their decision to pull out of the world’s largest fighting game tournament line-up last month. Such a decision roots to main rivals Sony’s purchase of the event in 2021. 

EVO 2022 will mark the fighting tournament’s comeback after a two-year hiatus since 2020. Registration is currently online, but fans will be able to see the action live once the games commence. Additionally, the games will also be streamed live for the entirety of the tournament.

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