Dragon Quest's Hero needs to hurry up if he wants to be legal for EVO 2019, the major's new update deadline has been announced for next week

After July 17, no new content or updates can be used in tournament

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • July 11, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. PDT

I'm not sure where 2019's gone off to, but somehow we're already less than one month away from the start of another EVO major where developers are now running out of time to get new content or fixes into their game before the deadline.

Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar took to Twitter today to announce that the cut off date is less than a week from now, so any new DLC characters like Dragon Quest's Hero in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Sindel / Nightwolf have little time left to come out if they want to have a chance at showing up on the main stage.

After next Wednesday, July 17, no DLC or game updates will be allowed for play at EVO 2019 allowing competitors enough time to get their practice in with the specific tournament version being run and to try and prevent new game-breaking discoveries leading up to the event.

This even includes server side hotfixes that do not require a full update as Mortal Kombat 11 has done a few times since its April launch though Cuellar does have an exception for game-breaking bug fixes made after that point to a certain extent.

While we've seen some evidence pointing to Dragon Quest's Hero coming to Smash Ultimate as DLC as soon as this week thanks to Nintendo France's Twitter and YouTube, he'll be left on the sidelines in what will likely go down as one of the biggest Smash tournaments ever if he's not out in the next six days.

The same can be said for Mortal Kombat 11's next character — whether that be Nightwolf, Sindel or both together — though it's looking less likely that they're going to make it in considering Shang Tsung only released a month ago.

We don't know the release date or window yet for the rest of MK11's Kombat Pack although Ed Boon himself has been teasing both Nightwolf and Sindel's character renders recently.

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Most other developers and players likely won't need to worry about that issue much, however, as it seems as though most of the other big names are gearing up to have their next batch of content be announced at EVO 2019.

EVO 2019 is set to take place from August 2–4 in Las Vegas, Nevada meaning players will have just over two weeks to prepare on the game builds they need to focus on for the gigantic major.

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