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EVO 2020 game lineup revealed: Smash Ultimate, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, more

Published: 5/Feb/2020 4:15

by Andrew Amos

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Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is making a surprise return to the fighting game mecca, Evolution Championship Series (EVO), in 2020, with Smash Ultimate, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V headlining the major event.

Fighting game fans rejoice, fan favorite franchise Marvel vs. Capcom will be making a return to EVO alongside a host of usual mainstays in 2020.

The popular franchise was announced as a major event at EVO 2020 during the game lineup presentation on February 4, alongside eight other titles.

Smash Ultimate will once again be appearing at EVO, as well as Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. While these tournaments shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, players can now stop holding their breath in case something completely crazy was on the cards.

The 22nd rendition of the major fighting game event will also see the return of Soulcalibur VI, Samurai Shodown, and Under Night In-Birth from 2019’s event.

Marvel vs. Capcom’s inclusion after a three-year absence comes as a surprise to the game’s most dedicated players, including Justin Wong. “Wait MVC2,” he said on Twitter. “They didn’t tell me I’m in this tourney until just now.”

The franchise will be making a return as a special eight-player invite-only tournament, Wong included, and it will be the Marvel vs. Capcom 2’s first appearance at EVO since 2010.

Its inclusion does mean that one other major franchise was snubbed from EVO 2020 — Mortal Kombat 11. After the series made a return to EVO in 2019, it will be gone just as quickly as it came, with the game not included in the final list of nine.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has also been removed from the games list, with the franchise not featuring at EVO 2020. It’s the first time a BlazBlue game won’t be at EVO since 2016. Instead, it will be replaced by the yet-to-be-released Granblue Fantasy: Versus.

The latest game in the Granblue Fantasy franchise will be released in North America on March 3, giving players around five months to prep for the big event.

While not listed on the official event line-up, EVO will also play host to the opening tournament of Guilty Gear Strive. The latest release in the franchise is expected to hit shelves later in the year, but fans can get their first taste of the title at EVO 2020 in a preview tournament.

EVO 2020 will kick off in Las Vegas on July 31 and will run until August 2.

EVO 2020 game line-up

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Guilty Gear Strive (Preview)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Tekken 7
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[cl-r]
Apex Legends

All confirmed buffs coming in Apex Legends Season 7

Published: 24/Oct/2020 11:12

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends Season 7 is almost here, and that means changes to characters. So, we’ve rounded up all the buffs that Respawn have confirmed so far.

With each new Apex Legends season, players are always looking forward to getting their hands on a new Legend as well as seeing what’s been changed to existing Legends, weapons, and items.

As Season 7 is on the horizon, Respawn have begun to roll out their teasers – with a familiar-looking UFO turning up on both Kings Canyon and World’s Edge.

Aside from that, the devs have also been planting seeds about what buffs and nerfs are coming in the new season. So, we’ve rounded up the buffs that we know about so far.

Mirage

As one of Apex’s most popular characters, players have been desperate for Respawn to give Mirage a power increase, even after his abilities rework.

Those changes have always been on the horizon, as devs have answered numerous questions with positives answers about buffs, and those promises will finally come to fruition with the start of Season 7.

Daniel Klein, a game designer for Respawn, confirmed that they’ve been testing changes to his Life of the Party ult, so that could be the main change that the Holographic Trickster receives next season.

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Mirage is finally set to receive some changes.

Octane

Octane is also confirmed to be getting some positive treatment, but Respawn say it will only be a “tiny buff,” so no indication exactly what it will be yet. 

Rampart

As for Rampart, while a buff has been confirmed, there haven’t been any hints as to what it could entail. Since her introduction, players have made a number of suggestions – including being able to move around while firing her minigun. Though, we’ll just have to wait and see on that front. 

Octane in Apex Legends
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Octane will receive a “tiny buff” in Season 7.

Pathfinder

Pathfinder will also be receiving a change to the cooldown on his grapple ability. However, the last time this was labeled a buff, it actually turned out to be a nerf

Audio

Not a buff as such, but Respawn have also confirmed that lots of progress has been made on audio problems, which have been plaguing the game for months, and these fixes will be coming in Season 7.

As for what else is coming in Season 7, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know here. We’ll just have to wait until November 4, when the new season starts, to see it all in action.