Official 'EVO 2017' Lineup Revealed

By Michael Augustin , Updated Jan 27, 2017 09:57 PM EST

With over 14,000 registered competitors, Last year's "EVO" fighting game tournament reportedly shattered previous records. The previous event featured games like "Street Fighter V," "Pokken Tournament," "Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator," "Killer Instinct" and more. Previous reports claim that the number of registered players was more than the Mandalay Bay Events Center could accommodate (12,000-seat capacity). Fans of the annual fighting game tournament are now looking forward to what "EVO 2017" can offer.

The number of participants during "EVO 2016" was notably higher than the 10,000 registrants of "EVO 2015," which was also record-breaking event itself. According to Game Rant, eight titles have been officially confirmed by the tournament organizers for this year. These are "Street Fighter V," "Super Smash Bros. Wii U," "Super Smash Bros. Melee," "King of Fighters XIV," "Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2" and "Blazblue: Central Fiction."

The "EVO 2017" tournament surprisingly includes "Injustice 2," which is expected to launch this May and Bandai Namco's "Tekken 7," which launches for consoles and for the first time on the PC this June. As an added bonus, the upcoming fighting game event will allow a ninth game selected by fans. In order to vote, players must make a donation through Genorosity, and the game with the highest donation will be added to the roster. A prize of $10,000 will also be awarded to the winner of the voted game.

According to IGN, players can choose to donate to the following games, "Pokken Tournament," "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3," "Super Street Fighter II," "Mortal Kombat X," "Windjammers," "Skullgirls," "Killer Instinct," "Nidhogg" and "Arms." Due to some player complaints about its game balance, "Pokken Tournament" was not included in the initial lineup. However upon checking the list, it seems there are still some players who want the game included.

"EVO 2017" is scheduled to officially start on July 14 - July 16, 2017 in Las Vegas. It appears players still have enough time to hone their abilities. However, with some of the featured games releasing just a few months before the event, the competition will be most likely even in terms of strategies and skills.

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