Here's a recap of everything that was announced over the EVO Japan 2019 weekend

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • February 17, 2019 at 7:23 p.m. PST

EVO Japan 2019 ended up making this a particularly busy weekend. The tournament has been wrapped up and champions for each game played at the event have been decided.

Of course, there were also a number of announcements that may catch the interest of fighting game enthusiasts. It appears that developers are using this as an opportunity to build up hype about specific events for their games.

Although Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition was one of the main tournaments with over 1,000 entrants, the competition was actually not part of the Capcom Pro Tour. As a result, Capcom had no announcements to reveal over the weekend.

Likewise, Nintendo also had no presence at EVO Japan this year. Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were not played. Still, it is worth noting that a 3.0 update for Spring 2019 was announced a few days prior for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Not surprisingly, there were no signs of NetherRealm Studios titles either as Mortal Kombat and Injustice don't tend to be very popular in Japan. Jade's announcement should tide us over in the meantime.

Let's take a moment to recap everything that was announced at EVO Japan 2019 for those that may have missed them.

Dead or Alive 6 — Mai Shiranui and new King of Fighters addition

There was actually quite a bit of controversy regarding the communication between EVO Japan's staff and Dead or Alive 6's presentation. Outside of that, there actually were a couple of announcement pertaining to the game itself.

It appears that Mai Shiranui from SNK's King of Fighters series will be making a return in Dead or Alive 6 just as she appeared in Dead or Alive 5. Apparently she'll be accompanied by another unannounced King of Fighters guest this time.

Soul Calibur 6 — Amy Sorel

Amy Sorel was announced as Soul Calibur 6's next DLC fighter. Although many have theorized that Soul Calibur 5's Viola actually is Amy with amnesia, it appears that Amy will be returning to her former fighting style.

She is the adoptive daughter of Raphael and the second DLC character of the season pass (not including Tira). Although no release date was provided, we do know that the next character customization pack will be available on February 19th.

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy — Upcoming PC release

A Steam version for SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy was revealed. North America will be getting it on February 21st while Japan will have it on February 22nd.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle — Naoto, Teddie, Seth, and Heart Aino

Naoto Kurogane from BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Teddie from Persona 4: Arena, Seth from Under Night In-Birth, and Heart Aino from Arcana Heart 3 were announced for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

These combatants are scheduled to become available as DLC in Spring 2019. An exact date has not been provided yet.

Tekken 7 — Julia Chang and Negan February 28th release date

The final characters for Tekken 7 Season 2, Julia Chang and Negan, will be released on February 28th.

Katsuhiro Harada also announced that there will be some changes for the Tekken World Tour this year. The first event of the circuit will take place at The Mixup in Lyon, France on April 20th, and they will have many new tournaments added to the circuit.

Bandai Namco will be attempting to increase the prize money pool this time around. More details will become available on March 12th. As for the finals, they'll take place somewhere in Asia.

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