Main Titles announced for #EVOJapan2019. Future additions coming soon.

EVO Japan 2019, the second installation in the EVO franchise’s international expansion, will be taking place in Fukuoka on February 15-17, 2019. The Fukuoka International Center will house the latest celebration of the fighting game franchise for all three days of the weekend.

Though registration has yet to open, the EVO Japan team has locked in the first three games that will apparently be considered the primary titles of the event: Soul Calibur VI, Tekken 7 and Blazblue Cross Tag Battle.

Further additions to the lineup are being negotiated with their respective publishers. In fact, Mark “MarkMan23” Julio has publicly stated that EVO Japan is engaged in discussions with Capcom, Bandai Namco Entertainment and Nintendo to finalize the inclusion of Street Fighter V Arcade Edition, Dragonball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Two of the three revealed titles, specifically BBTAG and Soul Calibur VI, were initially hosted at the first EVO Japan as side tournaments, as both had yet to officially release to the public. As for Tekken 7, it’d been hosted alongside six other games as part of the primary lineup, and over 1,200 participants entered its bracket.

It is unclear if the size of the lineup will match that of last year’s or will have more or fewer titles. However, according to EVO Japan’s official website, side events are confirmed to make a return. Volunteer applications will open on December 20th, and such events will be limited to the first two days of EVO Japan 2019, specifically the 15th and 16th of February.

Further updates are expected to surface in the near future as we approach the holidays this year.

The first EVO Japan was announced around the time of EVO 2017’s conclusion at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, marking the brand’s first expansion outside of its home territory in the United States of America. The event took place at Tokyo near the end of January 2018, and was completely free to enter due to strict laws within the country. Around 5,000 participants in total flocked to Sunshine City and then Akiba Square to participate in a seven-game lineup, with the majority having entered for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, which released in less than a week before the event took place.

As for the American EVO, it is set to make a fourth trip to Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay on August 2-4, 2019. See here for details.

We encourage our readers to follow @EVOJapanNews on Twitter to stay updated on what is to come.

JagoBlake, the author of this article, is an esports enthusiast who just so happens to have a way with words. Whenever he is not scouring the Internet in pursuit of breaking news, he's investing time into his favorite fighting games so as not to appear inadequate in the face of competition. To support his work, follow him on Twitter - @xJagoBlake.

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