The ArcRevo World Tour will bring pro tour circuits to three ArcSys titles — How's the tour looking so far, and what could it mean for these scenes?

If there's one thing that's obvious when it comes to fighting games, it's that pro tours are all the rage lately

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • August 19, 2018 at 5:40 p.m. PDT

One of the exciting announcements we were treated to at EVO 2018 was the unveiling from Arc System Works that there will be a pro tour coming up featuring their games.

What people perhaps weren't as prepared for, however, was that it's set to feature not one, not two, but three of their titles, in Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and BlazBlue: Central Fiction as well.

With Pro Tours being the latest staple for successful fighting games — Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Injustice 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ all have their own — this is a welcome announcement for anyone who wishes to bring the community to new heights, and perhaps be able to make a living off of playing these games.

At the time of the announcement, details on what exactly this pro tour circuit for ArcSys three key titles would entail were scarce, and to be honest, there's not that much more to go on right now, either.

But we do have some information, and that's what we're going to look through in this piece, as well as analyze what the tour system as a whole could mean for these titles.

And with that, let's take a look at what the upcoming ArcRevo World Tour has to offer for players of any of these three supported titles.

The Titles

When a ArcRevo World Tour was mentioned on the main stage at EVO, it seemed a pretty safe bet that Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 would be part of it, as one of the biggest titles published by Arc System Works of their oldest fighting game IP, as well as the announcement happening right after its top 8 showing at EVO 2018.

There was also little surprise to find out that BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle would also be part of the circuit, since it was released this year and had a great showing at tournaments so far, and has more content coming up in the future.

What was perhaps a bit surprising, but extremely welcome, was that the latest installment in the main BlazBlue franchise, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, would also be part of the ArcRevo World Tour. It wouldn't be too farfetched to imagine Cross Tag Battle replacing it for a circuit considering they led the team-based crossover with the BlazBlue brand name, but luckily, that was not the case.

As such, although we don't know what kind of prize pool we're looking at (though the site claims there will be over $100,000 in cash prizes, presumably split across all three games), ArcSys are going to be supporting a whopping three titles on their pro tour, all with circuits where you can gather qualification for the finals.

Players of any of these titles — Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and BlazBlue: Central Fiction — now have a bigger and more clear goal to compete towards, namely a spot in the finals at the end of next year.

Given the success and gain of exposure other titles have earned through having their own pro circuits, this is nothing but good news for serious players who are hoping to prove themselves in the highly competitive arena that is any of the three aforementioned titles. Good news all around for true competitors — and hopefully for ArcSys themselves as well.

The System

The system for the tour hasn't been entirely detailed yet, but based on the information available on the ArcRevo World Tour official site, a handful of events across the world will be designated as qualifiers for the ArcRevo World Tour 2019, with the winner of each such event earning a spot at the grand finals.

This is similar to how the Capcom Pro Tour worked when it first started out way back in 2013, where eight events across the world were Capcom Cup qualfiiers and the winner would get a spot at the Capcom Cup later that year.

ArcRevo, short for Arc Revolution, as an event has been around for quite some time, often taking place at the arcade-focused Toushinsai event in Japan, and regularly features some of the best in the world competing for the glory that being the best entails, and this year is no exception.

ArcRevo 2018 will be taking place on November 23rd and 24th this year, and is listed as the first official qualifier for next year's ArcRevo World Tour, and the finals for the tour preliminarily set on being held at the 2019 ArcRevo event.

Considering the tour doesn't look to actually be starting until after ArcRevo 2018 late this year, we'll likely have to wait a while before we get more concrete information on what we can expect from the tour, and which events will host it, but we do have some information on events that will serve as qualifiers, detailed below...

The Events

In the announcement trailer, a few events were listed as ArcRevo qualifiers, and on the official site, there's a bunch we can already see will be qualifiers for the tour.

What isn't specified, however, is if each of these events will be a qualifier for all three games, or if the events kind of "pick and choose", with some having a Guilty Gear qualifier, some having a Cross Tag qualifier and whatnot, but that will likely be cleared up in due time.

As it stands right now, though, here are the events you can look forward to attending if you're hoping to grab one of those coveted spots in the ArcRevo World Tour Grand Finals next year, and their locations, with dates for many of them still to be announced.

North America Region

• EVO 2019 — Las Vegas, Nevada

• Frosty Faustings XI — Chicago, Illinois

• CEO 2019 — Daytona, Florida

• Texas Showdown 2019 — Houston, Texas

Europe Region

• Revolution 2018 — London, England — September 28-30 2018

• Brussels Challenge Major Edition 2019 — Brussels, Belgium

• Headstomper 2019 — Copenhagen, Denmark

Japan Region

• ArcRevo 2018 — Tokyo, Japan — November 23-24 2018

• EVO Japan 2019 — Fukuoka, Japan

Asia Region

• South East Asia Major 2019 — Singapore

It is noted on the site that there are likely to be more events added, and as said earlier, it's unclear whether each of these events will be a qualifier for all three games or not.

As it stands right now, these are the events to look out for if you're hoping to partake in ArcSys' ambitious pro tour endeavour, which will hopefully grow stronger and continue for many years to come.

With ArcSys games typically being very Japan-dominated, perhaps because of the huge amount of players present in the region practicing against eachother, this will hopefully serve as a big incentive for players from around the world to try even harder to break through that ceiling and join the champions at the very top of the battlefield.

Considering ArcSys' willingness and ambition to include all three of their current most major recent releases, it's not farfetched to hope that any fighting games they release in the future have a good chance of joining this circuit as well (Persona 5: Arena, anyone... ?), which is good news indeed.

With all the more titles getting their own circuits, fighting games are only going to grow bigger, but also probably more contentious amongst eachother, as time goes on.

It's important for any scene to support the official company events to make sure that the developers know the audience is there for a competitive focus, so make sure to show up to any events close enough for you to manage.

Are you looking forward to competing even harder in Guilty Gear, BlazBlue or Cross Tag Battle? Which is your game of choice? Let us know in the comments, but be aware that the top contenders are definitely already practicing hard to maintain their spot at the top — so you better get to practicing hard, too.

Oh, and I hope to see you all in person at Headstomper and hopefully a few more events next year, too.

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