EVO 2019 Lineup Adds Five Newcomers, Drops Melee

Last year, the lineup announcement for the world’s biggest fighting tournament EVO featured the shocking reveal that for the first time in nearly twenty years, a Marvel vs. Capcom title would not be appearing at the acclaimed tournament.

With EVO 2019 nearing its August 2 kickoff date in Las Vegas, this year’s lineup has now been detailed, and features an equally notable absence, as Super Smash Bros. Melee, which has appeared in each of the past six tournaments despite its age, will not be part of EVO 2019, with the series instead being represented by newcomer Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. On a more positive note, four other titles will make their debut at this year’s EVO, including Soul Calibur VI, Under Night In-Birth, and two currently unreleased games: Mortal Kombat 11 and Samurai Shodown, both of which are slated to release before EVO kicks off. These first-timers will be joined by the returning Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, with the latter three titles and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate rounding out the games that will grace the main stage on the final day of the tournament. This roster notably includes three titles each from both Arc System Works and Bandai Namco and, with the loss of Melee, only features games that have been released within the past four years.

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