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New EVO Online event excludes Smash Ultimate from fighting game lineup

Published: 14/May/2020 6:11 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:47

by Brad Norton

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EVO has revealed a new five-week online event featuring a wide array of fighting game titles like Tekken and Street Fighter, but long-standing event title Smash Bros. Ultimate is nowhere to be found.

One of the most prestigious fighting game competitions in the world has announced a new online event for fans to look forward to in 2020.

Taking place across five separate weekends, the new structure will incorporate a plethora of marquee fighting games. However, Nintendo’s popular Smash Bros. series is set to be excluded for the first time since EVO 2012.

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Smash Ultimate is one of the more notable exclusions from the new EVO Online event.

Kicking off on July 4 and continuing through the next four weekends, EVO Online looks to uphold the tradition of bringing the fighting game community together.

Four open tournaments will be available for fans to compete in throughout the month-long event, though the exclusion of certain titles certainly stands out. Most notably, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is missing from the lineup.

Intending to return to Las Vegas for the annual event, EVO had already announced the full slate of games for 2020’s competition. From Marvel VS Capcom 2 to Smash Bros. key titles have been plucked with the transition to an online structure.

This marks the first time since EVO 2012 that a Smash Bros. title will not be featured in the global flagship FGC tournament.

Many avid players were quick to highlight Ultimate’s ‘laggy’ netcode as the potential reason behind its exclusion. Without official comment from the tournament organizers nor Nintendo, there’s no telling for certain.

Players will be able to join open competitions across Mortal Kombat 11, Killer Instinct, Them’s Fightin’ Herds, and Skullgirls 2nd Encore. There’s no confirmation when these open tournaments will be featured throughout the five weeks. Official sign-ups should be coming in the near future though.

EVO is expected to be returning to a LAN format in 2021 as well. Keep your eyes peeled for future updates as the brand new online event draws near.

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New Smash Ultimate fighter theory rules out fan-favorites as next DLC

Published: 25/Nov/2020 19:11 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 19:17

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new theory in the Super Smash Bros Ultimate community suggests that the next DLC character won’t be one of the popular favorites for Fighters Pass Volume 2.

The theory has to do with the latest tournament event announced by Nintendo. As revealed on November 24, the upcoming tournament will only feature fighters who have a form of headwear such as a hat or helmet.

Normally these events come and go with fans not really reading too much into them, but there is a good chance that Nintendo would want a new fighter to partake in an event such as this.

Basically, if the next DLC fighter was going to be a character such as Doom Slayer, Geno or Ryu Hayabusa, they would have qualified for this event. As such, it would have made more sense to save this tournament until after they released.

Over on the popular forum Smashboards, fans started speculating what this could mean for future DLC.

“The tourney suggests that the next fighter does NOT have a hat, since they cannot be included,” wrote user Aerospherology.

“Considering Mega Man is also there, this includes helmets too,” another pointed out.

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The headgear event includes helmets such as Megaman’s.

User pupNapoleon further noted that this would rule out Master Chief, Doom Guy, Excite Biker, Balloon Fighter and Mach Rider.

Furthermore, when considering full hoods, Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion and Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa get deconfirmed.

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There are still four more DLC spots left.

While the odds seem to definitely be against Geno for now, on the bright side, this could be a good sign for a fighter such as Crash Bandicoot who has long been rumored for Smash DLC.

Of course, this is still just a theory and it’s more than possible that the next fighter ends up coming with a hat or helmet. Nonetheless, it’s something to consider when thinking about just who the eighth DLC character to join the Smash Ultimate roster will actually be.