The main lineup for EVO Japan 2019 has been officially announced and it may disappoint quite a number of fighting game enthusiasts as two titles that were expected to be part of the main lineup, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have surprisingly been omitted.
The main lineup of EVO Japan 2019 will now consist of Tekken 7, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur VI, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, King of Fighters XIV, and Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2. Tekken 7, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, and Soul Calibur VI were announced as part of the lineup last month while the last three titles were announced just the other day.
The #EVOJAPAN2019 main titles are as follows:
・BLAZBLUE CROSS TAG BATTLE
・STREET FIGHTER V ARCADE EDITION
・THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV
・GUILTY GEAR Xrd REV 2
We will be working with the gaming communities to support the other titles not included.
— EVO (@EVO) December 14, 2018
The absence of Dragon Ball FighterZ, which has been one of the most popular fighting games of the past year, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which just came out last week, is rather peculiar but it looks like EVO might not have been able to secure the blessing of the games’ publishers – Bandai Namco and Nintendo, respectively.
We will be announcing the rest of the #EVOJAPAN2019 titles this week. Unfortunately we couldn’t include all games as the publishers did not give us their blessing for Evo Japan. We will still support the communities that want to run those games at our event. More info later.
— Mark Julio (マークマン) (@MarkMan23) December 14, 2018
Dragon Ball FighterZ was also missing from the lineup of EVO Japan 2018 but was mainly due to the small window of time between the game’s release and the start of the event. On the other hand, Ultimate’s predecessor Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was part of the main lineup of the event.
EVO Japan 2019 is scheduled to take place from February 15 to 17, 2019, at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center in Fukuoka, Japan.