Evo Japan to feature seven games at inaugural event

Gwen Vasquez
July 17, 2017

With the conclusion of the Super Smash Bros for Wii U grand finals, Evo 2017 released the official trailer for their first ever Japanese event: Evo Japan, to happen in the opening days of 2018.

Evo has lived comfortably in Las Vegas every July, but the folks behind the event are ready to branch out and head out to the far east. Evo Japan is set to run from January 26-28 from Tokyo and prior to Sunday's Street Fighter V top 8, viewers were treated to the full slate of games for the event. Work on Project M concluded in 2015, and now the the team behind it has revealed the first footage of its brand-new game.which looks very much like Smash Bros.

The lineup certainly reflects the event's location. While many would've thought that Arc System Works' new announcement would be the icing on the cake at this year's tournament, Wavedash Games have broken through with the reveal of their new game Icons: Combat Arena. With a beta launching on Steam this fall, Wavedash Games are attempting to bring the feeling of Smash Bros.

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This year's summer Evo event included six of the seven games that will be at Evo Japan, with Arms missing out in favour of Melee and Injustice 2. While the game doesn't quite yet have a grassroots presence, or its own solo tournaments, this will be its debut as a full-fledged event at a multi-title major like Evo.

Aptly named Wavedash Games showed off their new platform fighter Icons: Battle Arena at EVO earlier today. A Japanese Evo event was originally announced in 2010 and was scheduled for May 2011, but the deadly Tohoku earthquakes in March of 2011 forced the event's indefinite postponement.

The arrival of Evo 2017 always comes with a host of announcements and this year is no exception.

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