The Evo 2023 games line-up has been announced, and the listing sees old classics duking it out alongside the new.
In its second year back as an in-person event, Evo 2023 will see the first appearance of Street Fighter 6 at the prestigious fighting game tournament. It’s set to take place across August 4-6. That gives players just two months to refine their skills in the new Street Fighter title before they compete to become the game’s first Evo champion.
More exciting to older fighting game fans, perhaps, is the return of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. It’s the first time that the once-staple game series has appeared at Evo since 2017. After MvC: Infinite failed to garner enough interest for inclusion the following year, Ultimate’s return will no doubt offer a welcome boost of nostalgia for many competitors.
This year may also mark the swan song to Tekken 7’s lengthy run. The next iteration of the series is set to release in 2024 and is likely to unceremoniously boot its predecessor from the arena. Just as any good Tekken parent should. Released in 2015, Tekken 7 has consistently proven one of the most popular games at the show. It sparked a resurgence in interest regarding 3D fighters, which had fallen far behind their 2D siblings.
Filling out the remaining slots are a selection of returning champs and rather odd stand ins. Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate makes its third appearance at the show, with Dragon Ball FighterZ and Guilty Gear Strive also returning. Finally, Melty Blood: Type Lumina and The King of Fighters XV complete the selection. Each game will start with a $25k minimum prize pool, bolstered by entrant fees to its pool.
Evo 2023 games line-up
The eight main Evo 2023 games are as follows:
- Street Fighter 6
- Guilty Gear Strive
- Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate
- Tekken 7
- The King of Fighters XV
- Melty Blood: Type Lumina
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Evo 2023 will take place August 4-6 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. The multi-day event will of course be streamed live on Twitch as well. If you can’t wait that long for your competitive fighting game fix, Evo Japan is scheduled much sooner, taking place from March 31-April 2 at the Tokyo Big Site.