Tekken 8 is punching up (Picture: Bandai Namco)
The biggest fighting game tournament in the world has announced the line-up for this year’s event, with a classic Street Fighter set to return.
With the biggest fighting game franchises all coming out with new instalments over the past couple of years, the next Evolution Championship Series (EVO) looks set to be a landmark event.
The annual fighting game tournament announced details of the 2024 event in a video stream this week. This year’s bash will take place between July 19 and 21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with every main game having its finals played out on the arena stage.
The line-up includes all the new entries of ongoing fighting staples, namely Tekken 8, Street Fighter 6 and Mortal Kombat 1. Other new games have also made the cut, including Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising and UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes, which replace Dragon Ball FighterZ and Melty Blood: Type Lumina from last year.
Guilty Gear Strive and The King Of Fighters 15 also return, while Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike represents the throwback addition, in the same vein as last year’s tournament for Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3.
If you want to see the highest level of competitive play before July, EVO Japan is set to take place between April 27 and 29 in Tokyo. This event features all the above games except for Mortal Kombat 1, which is banned in Japan due to its extreme gore.
You can find more information about purchasing tickets or registering to compete in EVO 2024 on the official website.
Following the announcement, Tekken 8 publisher Bandai Namco said it is investigating match data of all the top ranked players on the leaderboards, in a bid to counter cheating in online matches.
‘An in-game warning will be sent out to suspicious players, and actions such as resetting rank data and suspending accounts of players who are found to be in violation will be taken during an upcoming maintenance,’ a statement from the development team said on Twitter.
Last week, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada outlined how he was looking into the issue of cheaters on the online rankings – so it’s a positive sign for updates moving forward that they’re acting so swiftly.
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