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Mr. Wizard is asking what 6 games the fighting game community wants to see at EVO 2020

They had nine mainstage titles in 2019

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 2, 2020 at 12:42 p.m. PST • Comments: 57

Evolution aka EVO has seen a fairly rapid growth in attendance plus viewership since 2016 and even before while showing no signs of stopping any time soon.

With the dawn of the new year upon us, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, the president of EVO, is putting his feelers out into the fighting game community to ask what six mainstage titles they'd like to see included as part of EVO 2020.

"A new year, a new Evo!" said Mr. Wizard on Twitter. "If Evo 2020 could only have 6 games, which games would make the cut? #Evo2020."

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Now, you may quickly realize that EVO 2019 had nine mainstage titles in total including new additions like Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Shodown, Soul Calibur 6 and Under Night In-Birth.

Before you all start panicking about Evolution shrinking this year, Cuellar's tweet does not mean the roster will be cut down to only six games.

At this point, Triple Perfect and the guys behind EVO every year likely already have the licensing agreements in place with the titles they wish to run though there might be room for changes or additions depending on the FGC's feedback.

It'd be hard to imagine a world where Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are not part of a mainline EVO finals after last year's turn out though just about anything else could face the chopping block.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle probably won't be back for a third year considering it had the lowest entrant count of 640 in 2019 which would leave Arc System Works without real representation โ€” Dragon Ball FighterZ was published by Bandai Namco.

The crossover game's successor will in all likelihood come in the form of Granblue Fantasy: Versus given its early 2020 release date and big push that Cygames was giving the title at EVO 2019.

As for the next fighter potentially in danger, I'd say Soul Calibur 6 may not return having been the only other mainstage event not to cross the 1,000 entrant mark though it is worth noting that Bandai Namco is still pushing it for EVO Japan 2020 โ€” where it currently has the fewest registered players at 507 which is still almost double what they had last year.

EVO 2019 entrant numbers

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - 3,492
Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition - 1,929
Tekken 7 - 1,885
Samurai Shodown - 1,719
Mortal Kombat 11 - 1,567
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] - 1,156
Dragon Ball FighterZ - 1,191
Soul Calibur 6 - 742
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle - 640

Guilty Gear Strive and The King of Fighters 15 will almost assuredly not be out before June or July this year, so the only other "new" addition by release for the biggest fighting game tournament in the world may be Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[Cl-R].

There's also Riot's Project L fighting game for League of Legends although EVO 2020 will be the most likely place to see more of what it will look like considering the Cannons first confirmed its existence during last year's event.

It's also worth pointing out that for the first time since at least 2014, EVO is not currently part of the Capcom Pro Tour in 2020 with their new split season structure... at least not yet.

EVO Japan 2020 is going to take place later this month featuring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Samurai Shodown and Soul Calibur 6.

Mr. Wizard and Markman will probably hold their annual EVO lineup stream in the weeks following the Japanese major's third year set to take place January 24โ€“26, 2020 to reveal which games will make the cut at the main event.

EVO 2020 itself will be returning to the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, Nevada and is scheduled to run from July 31 through August 2, 2020.

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