EVO 2020 – Introducing Evo Online!
The Evolution Championship Series or as the FGC knows it better, EVO is the single biggest fighting-game tournament to exist, which has become an annual tradition (at nearly convention level at this point) comparable to what classic sports fans would see in the Olympics or in a World Cup.
Unfortunately, due to the current global pandemic, at the beggining of this month the EVO staff comunicated that the 2020 edition has been cancelled throug their official twitter page.
On the bright side, the announcement also included an special event for this year to keep our competitive thirst quenched: for the very first time EVO ONLINE will be taking place as the biggest tournament of this year, as announced today by the EVO team:
The torunament will have special events for the former EVO 2020 main lineup (namely Smash Bros Ultimate, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, Dragonball FighterZ, Under Night, Tekken 7, Soulcalibur VI, Granblue Fantasy Versus, Samurai Shodown and the tournament of champions for Marvel vs. Capcom 2) that have yet to be annoucned officially, plus four open torunaments for the EVO ONLINE main lineup: Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, Killer Instinct, Skullgirls: 2nd encore and Them’s Fightin’ Herds.
The reason behind the roster changes in the event is simple: the four games selected are the fighting games with the best existing netplay, being Killer Instinct and Skullgirls: 2nd encore the two games in which both gameplay and netcode are equally highly praised making them paragons of rollback netcode among the genre.
We can hope this makes game developers in the future to consider other netcode options for their fighting games in order that a future EVO ONLINE could include more flavors into their main titles.
The event will be held during 5 weeknds strating from July 4. Registration and further information will be announced soon, so make sure to keep an eye out for it while you go to the lab for the new EVO lineup.