EVO 2016 Lineup Announced, Street Fighter V, Pokken Tournament, More


The entire lineup for this years Evolution 2016 has been announced, with a bit of surprise.

The list is as follows:

  • Super Smash Bros Melee
  • Super Smash Bros For Wii U
  • Street Fighter V
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator
  • Tekken 7: Fated Retribution
  • Pokken
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Killer Instinct
  • Mortal Kombat X

For the most part list is pretty standard fare, with many of the titles being their updated versions (i.e Street Fighter V replacing Ultra Street Fighter IV, etc..), and many of the staples from last year coming  this year as well.

The biggest surprise would have to be Pokken being the replacement for Persona 4 Ultimax. Many people were hoping for the new BlazBlue to appear, but it seems as though Nintendo’s brand new fighter will be taking the reigns instead.

Evo 2016 will be held between July 15-17, 2016.

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  1. garf02
    January 26, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    1/3 is nintendo games
    >but nintendo is party game for kids

  2. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    January 26, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Pokemon Tournament? The game’s not even out in the west yet!

  3. Pico
    January 26, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Pokken 30fps, tournament

  4. deadeye
    January 26, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I still don’t like how there’s two Smash games. I feel like one game per series should be the max.

    I’m also curious about Pokken Tournament. Hopefully it’s pretty legit.

  5. _buchu
    January 26, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Would’ve been nice if they had put KoF back in since it’s been gone for a bit now.

  6. deadeye
    January 26, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    KoF13 hasn’t really been active though. Just not enough people playing it.

  7. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    January 26, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    >Ultimate MVC
    Are you boku not shitting me?
    That terribly imbalanced shit heap is still being played?
    Well, at least they’re fun to watch because of the bright colors.

  8. Offendatron_5000
    January 26, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Using a slot to double down on one series and still supporting UMVC3? Did Aksys piss in someone’s beverage to not get Blazblue in?

  9. deadeye
    January 26, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Neither are SFV, GGXrd Revelator, or Tekken 7.

  10. scemar
    January 26, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Pokken, seriously? This my friends is how a bitch looks.
    Yeah, you took Nintendo’s money.
    But was it worth it Mr EVO?

    Exciting news for the competitive pokken scene, I’m sure many players are eager to compete here and watch the stream kappa

  11. Guest
    January 26, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Honestly, Marvel should’ve been put out of it’s misery years ago, no
    one new has been picking it up for years, there’s no support for it, no
    hope for a sequel, it hasn’t even developed strategically for years.

    Melee too. I know there’s a big following for it and everything, but that
    game is 15 fucking years old. 15. Years. Old. Games like Persona and Under-Night come out and die in a year because they don’t get enough support, but this dried out gamecube fucking corpse has been going on for a decade and a half. I love the game to death and I still play it, but it had it’s run. Have a side tournament. The sequel isn’t as good? Too fucking bad, take your complaints to Nintendo.

    Support new games in the scene, you can’t circle jerk the same fucking games for eternity. These communities need to get out of their one-game comfort zones and try new things.

    Fucking Pokken, I’ll be happy if that game is good, but all I know about it right now is that it flopped hard in Japanese arcades. It might be good, but I would have preferred if it got it’s spot next year or something. Maybe they could have just had an exhibition for it or something.

  12. OSad
    January 26, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Yeah, it’s really sad that persona didn’t get any traction. I had a chance to play that with some friends and it was the most fun I had with a fighting game in years.

    Skullgirls is fresh out too, even though I think that game is still being updated. It still surprises me that they’ll have two Pokemon games in there but take the only KoF out. Also, no BlazBlue?

  13. Truck
    January 26, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    A KOF 14 tourney would’ve been great if only to laugh at how poor the game looks.

  14. Afternoon Intergalactic
    Afternoon Intergalactic
    January 27, 2016 at 12:00 am

    It’s disappointing that the only anime recognition is xrd, in favor of Smash 4 and Pokken instead.

  15. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    January 27, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Why is Smash Melee and Smash Wii U both there? Why not one?

  16. Wendigo
    January 27, 2016 at 12:03 am

    60fps with lan cable
    Still annoying I guess

  17. ThatOneGuy
    January 27, 2016 at 12:03 am

    I love watching smash, but come on 3 Nintendo games? Are they trying to ruin themselves this year?

  18. Wendigo
    January 27, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Nintendo has deep pockets, why wouldn’t EVO take advantage of it?

  19. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    January 27, 2016 at 12:05 am

    At least people was able to Play SFV with the beta. And GGXrd has been out for a while so I assume that it is not that different from Revelator.

  20. scemar
    January 27, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Because they’re both vastly different games with different audiences and both manage to be the biggest games on the event.
    Also Nintendo is sponsoring them, but I suspect their influence was used to bring Pokken in because Smash 4 and Melee both could host tournaments as big as this one on their own.

  21. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    January 27, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Smash 4 is there because it’s what Nintendo is pushing as a product and Melee is there because some people just don’t know how to move on and play literally anything else.

  22. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    January 27, 2016 at 12:15 am

    If they was going to crowd evo with smash then why not include Brawl as well?

  23. deadeye
    January 27, 2016 at 12:16 am

    The games with the biggest scenes get on the EVO stage. That’s always been how it works.

    KoF, Persona, BlazBlue whatever not being on there simply means the scene isn’t big enough to warrant a spot. You gotta have players to have a tournament and if only a handful of people are willing to compete for something like Skullgirls, well it’s not going to get in over a game that has significantly more people playing it.

    The way fighting games work, you’re naturally gonna go to the thing that has the biggest audience. And Street Fighter pretty much dominates. For a lot of people, most other 2D fighting games are just neat little distractions until they go back to SF. And they only play the other games casually.

    Also, most people stick to one game. You have to remember, these are pros that play for money. They’re going to play one type of game and just stick to that as much as they can. These aren’t just people hanging out and playing fighting games for fun. You don’t see many professional athletes playing multiple sports. It’s the same thing here. You want to focus your attention on one thing alone.

    And then the anime fighting scene has the opposite problem, where they absolutely refuse to stick with a game, and they jump to the newest release and totally abandon the previous game. Each Blazblue game has a lifespan of like 5 months because of this.

  24. scemar
    January 27, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Because the scene for Brawl is tiny and niche.
    In fact N64 Smash has a much more lively and relevant scene when it comes to tournament activity and viewers.

  25. AmyStarling
    January 27, 2016 at 12:27 am

    They might aswell add the original smash brothers and brawl to the mix.

  26. TylorW
    January 27, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Hopefully this means that AnimEvo gets some much needed attention for the games that didn’t make it (I personally wanted Central Fiction or CPExtend to be one of the main games).

  27. Mr0303
    January 27, 2016 at 5:36 am

    I suppose they can draw in a bigger audience with the Pokemon name. Plus I’m sure it will be a competent fighter since Namco is working on it.

  28. Nagato
    January 27, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Will be there for the Killer Instinct, SFV, plus possibly some Mahvel and anime too.

    Hope this year will have another smaller Catherine tournament as well, and I sure wouldn’t mind Rivals of Aether either.

  29. Ubrokemygrill?
    January 27, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Nintendo sponsorship makes EVO money.

  30. 2501
    January 27, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Pokken Tournament? … really?

  31. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    January 27, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Pokken? What the ****?

  32. Gabriel Ibisch
    Gabriel Ibisch
    January 27, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Exactly! That and the fact that Melee is still there. ugh

  33. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    January 27, 2016 at 9:37 am

    EVO has been a sad joke for about 3 years now unfortunately and the only reason to keep up is for possible spaghetti dropping like the time the salty homie threw his 200 dollar arcade still and broke it.

  34. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    January 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

    2 different sources of money.

  35. Ethan Fox
    Ethan Fox
    January 27, 2016 at 10:23 am

    “The games with the biggest scenes get on the EVO stage. That’s always been how it works.”

    That doesn’t explain why they’ve made a decision to drop SFIV and take up SFV. A decision has clearly been made there, and the size of the community isn’t the deciding factor as the game isn’t available yet.

  36. Ethan Fox
    Ethan Fox
    January 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I think it’s more about them dropping SF4, but having 2 Smash titles AND Pokken. It suggests that Nintendo’s patronage is causing them to feature their titles instead of other ones.

    It’s weird really when you consider that EVO’s only limitation, games-wise, is one they impose themselves.

  37. alterku
    January 27, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Am I the only one who continues to be surprised that the smash party games are still being treated as fighting games? I mean, you strip all the fun out of them to try to make them competitive, and maybe they can be, but they’re still not fighting games.

    Pretty sad about SF IV’s removal too. We could and should have had both.

  38. J_Joestar
    January 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Pretty sure SF4 not being there has more to do with SFV than anything Nintendo says.

  39. Gabriel Ibisch
    Gabriel Ibisch
    January 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Because no one likes brawl. Unlike Melee or Smash 4, Brawl is designed to be a much more casual experience. Gameplay is slower, Metakinght is so op he breaks the metagame, and edgeguarding is a huuuge problem. Also, why is UVMC3 still at Evo, Capcom can no longer support it?

  40. Gabriel Ibisch
    Gabriel Ibisch
    January 27, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    It’s probably Capcom pushing their new game by pushing out the old, and bringing in the new.

  41. Mike Campbell
    Mike Campbell
    January 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Smash is still a fighting game it’s just different

  42. alterku
    January 27, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I suppose you didn’t read the interview I linked where Sakurai says smash isn’t a fighting game. I don’t doubt that it’s competitive but I also don’t feel it ever belonged at EVO.

  43. Tyrone Jackson
    Tyrone Jackson
    January 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Nintendo tried that too though. There’s no need for Melee AND 4. When you add Pokken, we might as well just call Evo a Nintendo tourney now.

  44. Tyrone Jackson
    Tyrone Jackson
    January 27, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    The hell are you talking about? Did you not watch Xrd and Ultra last year?

  45. Tyrone Jackson
    Tyrone Jackson
    January 27, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    AnimEvo + Catherine will always be hype.

  46. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    January 27, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Two games out of how many now?

  47. daggot △
    daggot △
    January 27, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Looks like AnimEvo is where the hype is gonna be again.

  48. Gabriel Ibisch
    Gabriel Ibisch
    January 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Exactly, I really don’t understand why Melee just keeps being alive. People need to move on. I guess it’s still insanely popular. At least the slot that pokken tournament is in really should go to a released/new game like skullgirls, KOF13, or Blazblue.

  49. deadeye
    January 28, 2016 at 9:55 am

    It’s pretty safe to assume that SFV’s community is SFIV’s community. Plus or minus a few. There’s some that think SFV has been dumbed down, but they’ll come around eventually, as that happened with SFIV. And V will no doubt attract more new people.

    This same kinda thing happened when SFIV came out. There were tournaments immediately, as it was something new. They’ve had SFIV for 7 years now, I think? Newer is good.

    That said, Melee needs to fuck off. Sure, it’s competitively a better game than Smash 4. Third Strike was better than SFIV, but people moved on because people want new shit.