Eight main stage games for a hypothetical Evolution Championship Series, as selected by SRK readers!
We asked you on Saturday morning to choose what eight titles — regardless of any real-world logistical, legal, or financial limitations — you would want to see on the Evo main stage. (We asked for eight because that is the number of main games Evo 2018 will actually feature this summer.) The readers have delivered, and the votes have been counted. Without further ado, here is your “fantasy” Evo eight-game lineup:
- Dragon Ball FighterZ [74.60%]
- Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition [69.37%]
- Tekken 7 [69.21%]
- Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 [58.25%]
- The King of Fighters XIV [38.89%]
- Injustice 2 [33.49%]
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U [32.38%]
- Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike [27.78%]
It seems the general readership is mostly in agreement with the 2018 lineup — with two notable exceptions in the inclusion of The King of Fighters XIV and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, and the absence of Super Smash Bros. Melee. DBFZ is the most-wanted by a wide margin — it will be interesting to see the registration numbers this year in Las Vegas, as this game may be poised to draw in even greater attendees than SFV!
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite fell just shy of the top eight, with 25.40% of the total voters choosing to include it. Melee? Just outside the top ten at 21.58%, beaten by BlazBlue: Central Fiction at 24.92%. Interestingly: Skullgirls 2nd Encore earned 17.30%, tied with Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Capcom vs. SNK 2 (16.03%) beat out Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (14.60%), Ultra Street Fighter IV (14.29%), and Super Street Fighter II Turbo (12.06%). But newly-released Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] beat ’em all at 16.83% inclusion, and was itself topped by Killer Instinct at 20.79%. Pokkén Tournament DX only managed to grab 10.48% of the voters’ hearts. SoulCalibur II (11.11%), Mortal Kombat XL (10.63%), Vampire Savior (9.05%), Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (also 9.05%), and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future (8.57%) all made it into the top twenty-five selections.
Evo Japan selection ARMS only earned 6.35% of your votes — new release Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is more-requested at 8.41%. Perennial side-game favorite Windjammers earned 4.92% — tied with Dong Dong Never Die, actually — and Catherine earned 4.29%. Only 2.86% of you want to see the FGC play Dance Dance Revolution Extreme, but that’s more than want to see Street Fighter X Tekken, at 2.22%.
Of course, this is not the lineup we’ll be seeing on the main stage in Las Vegas at Evo 2018 — but you can still play the games you enjoy the most at the numerous Evo side events you’ll be seeing crop up very soon. Not being a main stage title doesn’t mean your game won’t be at Evo somewhere — even if you have to bring it yourself, make sure you continue to play what you love. (Oh, and for those that may have noticed that BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle wasn’t on the poll list: we decided to leave off games that had not yet been published, even though the actual Evo lineup sometimes doesn’t — including in this year’s instance, clearly.) Thanks again to everyone that voted!
The Evo 2018 World Finals will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 3-5, 2018.