As online registrations were closing, EVO founder Joey ‘Mr. Wizard’ Cuellar revealed that Dragon Ball FighterZ, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT and a new game from Arika will all be at EVO in a playable form. These games join Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite as upcoming fighters that will be shown off at the biggest fighting game tournament of the year, which will be running from July 15th-17th.
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite’s ‘latest versus build’ will be playable for the general public at EVO. It is currently unknown whether or not this is a different build to what was available at E3 and CEO.
Dragon Ball FighterZ will be playable and will have side tournaments running on the first two days. There will be two tournaments on each day: one that you must register for online (these are already full) and an onsite registration one. Mr. Wizard has confirmed that it will be a newer build than the E3 demo, saying “It will be Trunks build or later!”, which opens up the possibility for characters that haven’t been announced to be there.
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will also be playable at EVO 2017. NT is a 3D, team based Final Fantasy fighting game developed by Team Ninja (Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, Nioh). It is a sequel to the PSP Dissidia games and a PS4 port of the Japanese arcade game Dissidia Final Fantasy. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is set to release in the first half of 2018.
The most surprising of these announcements is that of Arika’s new game. It has been a long time since the name Arika, best known for developing the Street Fighter EX games, has been relevant in the competitive fighting scene but their fans’ requests apparently haven’t gone unheard.
Arika’s unnamed game is most likely ‘Fighting EX Layer’, the game that they showed off as an April Fool’s joke. The two minute gameplay trailer looked way too good to simply be a prank and was later revealed that it was a prototype of a game they were hoping to receive funding for. It seems like the insane hype it generated was enough to make it a reality.