EVO 2019 is likely going to have huge announcements for the fighting game community, let's speculate about what we'll probably see

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • July 15, 2019 at 8:25 p.m. PDT

EVO 2019 is perhaps the biggest fighting game tournament of the year. It will be taking place on August 2nd through the 4th in Las Vegas.

With every year, it becomes more apparent that the companies behind our favorite fighting games are using this event to make major announcements. This year is likely to be no exception, especially if we take Mark "MarkMan" Julio's recent tweet into consideration.

"I shouldn’t be tweeting this but EVO 2019, you’ll definite[ly] want to be inside the arena. Not only for the amazing top 8 matches..." hinted MarkMan. In his followup tweet, he pointed towards some of the great announcements that were made at last year's EVO.

The nine main stage games that will be played at EVO are Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

We've got a number of predictions to make regarding the future for a number of these fighting games. There's probably going to be a lot to unpack when all is said and done.

Let's jump right into it then.

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Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

So far in Season 4, we've gotten Kage and... actually, that's it as far as DLC characters are concerned. That was back in December 2018.

Needless to say, Season 4 has been the most disappointing season for Street Fighter 5. Things definitely appeared to be amiss when Capcom announced that they had no plans for a season pass in 2019.

This seemed to imply that we'd be getting a number of combatants that differed from the traditional six for this season. The community expectation at this point gave the impression that there would be less than six fighters this time.

As time went on, Yoshinori Ono finally began to reassure fans that the team was working hard in order to be ready by August. It seems that Capcom is preparing a substantial announcement at EVO 2019.

Last year at EVO 2018, it was revealed that G and Sagat would be made available the very next day. The possibility of multiple fighter reveals this time around seems quite plausible.

Of course, there's probably something waiting beyond just character reveals. It could be something like a new story mode or a brand new edition of Street Fighter 5.

Mechanic adjustments could go a long way towards giving the game a new feel. The concept of re-balancing the game sounds nice, but maybe these changes go beyond that.

Whatever Capcom has has been working on and teasing all this time will finally be made public knowledge.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Last year, it was Super Smash Bros. Melee, not Super Smash Bros. 4, that was a main stage title for EVO 2018. For the first time ever, Nintendo took the opportunity to reveal the next Smash focused Direct during top eight.

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate securing the top rank this year with 3,492 entrants, one might think it logical for Nintendo to unveil something once again as there will surely be a lot of eyes on this event.

Having said that, Nintendo has always played by their own rules. There's no guarantee that Nintendo is even planning anything at all.

At this very moment, we already know about the next two characters of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass. Dragon Quest's Hero will be releasing in the Summer while Banjo-Kazooie become available in the Fall.

Assuming the Hero isn't already playable by EVO, information about his release date could be made public at this time. We could also get a more detailed breakdown of the Hero's moveset.

As for the fourth and fifth characters of the Fighters Pass, we probably won't be learning about their identities any time soon. At the very least, Banjo-Kazooie will likely need to be released first.

News regarding Super Smash Bros. Ultimate feels like a coin flip when it comes to EVO this year. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Tekken 7

Tekken 7 appears to be in a weird place right now. Season 2 has already finished up, with seemingly nothing on the horizon in regards to Season 3.

A recent Steam database update appeared to heavily imply the presence of new incoming characters. Katsuhiro Harada would then disconfirmed the rumors that there were plans for future Tekken 7 fighters.

Now it's entirely possible that Harada isn't being entirely honest for the sake of keeping a surprise ready at EVO 2019. Unfortunately, this is another "wait and see" type of situation.

If there truly are plans in the works, it will be interesting to see how Bandai Namco tops the reveal of Negan of the Walking Dead series from last year's EVO.

Mortal Kombat 11

Based on the image reveals for Sindel and Nightwolf, I'm going to take a wild guess and say we'll get character trailers for Sindel and Nightwolf in Mortal Kombat 11. As of right now, only Shang Tsung is available as DLC from the Kombat Pack.

Of course, we can't discount the possibility of seeing Spawn's gameplay. This is a fighter that's been requested of NetherRealm Studios for a very long time. What better place to reveal his gameplay than at EVO 2019?

There's also the possibility that we could learn about the identities of the next two guest characters after Spawn. The chances for Mortal Kombat 11 reveals seem extremely high.

Samurai Shodown

Samurai Shodown was released quite recently. It already appears to be quite popular in the fighting game community.

This title has broken the records for the most entered SNK game at EVO. This prompted SNK and Athlon Games to add $30,000 to the pot bonus.

We already know about Samurai Shodown's four DLC characters of the season pass. Rimururu will be releasing in August, Basara the Executione becomes available in October, Kazuki in December, and Wan-Fu will be playable in February 2020.

As Rimururu is likely near completion, we'll probably get more concrete details about her exact release day. Notably, we've already seen her trailer.

It's also possible we may hear about incoming balance and mechanical adjustments for the game.

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Kid Goku was released back in early May. Whether accidentally or intentionally, Janemba was revealed to be the next DLC combatant for Dragon Ball FighterZ.

And since then, we've heard basically nothing about Janemba. EVO 2019 is the perfect opportunity to showcase his gameplay.

Who knows? We might even get more information about Gogeta and Canon Broly.

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