ARCREVO Online revealed along with Tekken and Soul Calibur Online Challenge tournament series

All of the major titles will still get their chance to shine online

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • August 1, 2020 at 7:41 a.m. PDT | Comments: 5

This year pretty much put a full stop to all major fighting game tournaments and forced the closure of regular eSports circuits, but the publishers are pivoting to online as the answer in these times.

Both Bandai Namco and Arc System Works had announcements during the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable by revealing the Tekken and Soul Calibur Online Challenge tournament series along with ARCREVO Online respectively.

The Tekken Online Challenge series appears to be the largest of the bunch comprised of 10 events around the world scheduled to begin in just a few weeks with a special pre-event tournament for the western United States including exhibition matches between top talent along with the open bracket.

Europe, South Korea, Australia, the Philippines and Japan will all receive their own featured tournaments lasting through early December though Bandai Namco has not announced if it will lead into anything bigger like the Tekken World Tour Finals.

First place winners in the Tekken events will be awarded $500 USD with second receiving $300 and third taking home $200. Special exhibition winners will also receive $500.

The Soul Calibur Online Challenge is currently much smaller in scope by only featuring three regions at the moment with Japan, the eastern United States and western Europe beginning in October though the rules for the event are not yet live.

ArcSys is splitting their even into two highly-specific regions with ARCREVO America Online and ARCREVO Japan Online which feature some differences in game choices and other changes.

ARCREVO Japan will get the choice to play BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Granblue Fantasy: Versus, BlazBlue Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] while America will only feature BBTAG and Granblue.

Both series are set to begin in October though only America has a date set for the 10th. Further details are scarce aside from the U.S. being split into six regions for play between the southwest, northwest, Midwest, south/southeast and northwest.

The top two players from each region in both games will form teams to face off in the ARCREVO America Finals offline at some point in the future, and ArcSys also plans to hold an America vs. Japan finals in early 2021.

Rules and registration for ARCREVO will be released at a later time, but at least we got some awesome crossover artwork from some of the artists over at ArcSys and Cygames to combine the worlds of BBTAG and Granblue.

Granblue x BBTAG artwork image #1 Granblue x BBTAG artwork image #2
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Both companies join the likes of Capcom in building their own online-only official fighting game circuit with Street Fighter 5's events beginning back in June.

The publishers also had the biggest character reveals of the event as well with Bandai Namco finally revealing Setsuka for Soul Calibur 6 as well as a fourth season of content on the way for Tekken 7.

Guilty Gear Strive received two new character reveals for the returning Leo Whitefang and the mysterious Nagoriyuki from the initial trailer for the game.

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