EVO Japan 2024 has just confirmed the lineup of fighting games for its event next year.
EVO Japan is a splinter tournament of the main EVO Championship that takes place in Las Vegas. The installment of the event took place in January 2018 and is notable for having a lineup of games specifically catered to Japanese audiences.
Although EVO Japan had a rocky start, due to a lack of sponsorships during its first show, the event quickly established itself in the next few years. EVO 2023 in particular saw a huge increase in participants and viewers after the organization successfully secured sponsorships. EVO Japan 2024 looks to continue this momentum with its announced lineup of games.
EVO Japan 2024 game lineup
Here is the list of games confirmed for EVO Japan 2024:
- Tekken 8
- Street Fighter 6
- Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike
- Guilty Gear: Strive
- The King of Fighters XV
- Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising
- Under Night In-Birth II Sys: Celes
Unlike its Western counterpart, EVO Japan is understandably populated by games from Japanese developers only. That means no Mortal Kombat 1 due to its relative lack of competitive popularity in the region. Still, this lineup is strong and has a significant overlap with Evo 2023.
Of particular note is the EVO debut of Tekken 8, only a few months after its release in January 2024. With the game still fresh at that point, it will be fascinating to see how the top players train with their favorite characters on such short notice.
Also of note is the inclusion of Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike. This follows Evo 2023 having the surprise inclusion of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, a game that was a staple of Evo events for over a decade.
When is EVO Japan 2024?
EVO Japan 2024 will take place at Ariake GYM-EX from April 27 to April 29, 2024.
The tournament will be presented by ROHTO Pharmaceutical and has a prize pool of ¥14,000,000, or roughly $94,552 USD. Registration for the event was also announced at the same time as the lineup. Both players and spectators must pay for tickets to participate in the event. More information can be found on the event’s official website.