The longstanding tradition at Evo is that the big fighting game announcements would be saved for finals day, but that appears to be changing.
Sony announced today they will be hosting the PlayStation Tournaments: Evo Lounge at Evo 2022 this weekend where they promise exclusive announcements, coverage and more.
“The Evo Lounge will feature top-shelf curated show coverage, bracket updates, interviews with players, and exciting content and reveals from developers and publishers, such as Arc System Works, Warner Bros. Games, Capcom, SNK, and Bandai Namco Entertainment, as well as all the latest from the scene with pro players and casters,” reads the PlayStation Blog post. “Viewers will be treated to the latest news for our favorite games and a few sneak peeks of what’s ahead.”
Fighting game fans pretty much already knew Capcom and SNK would have new things to show off for Street Fighter 6 and The King of Fighters 15 respectively, but now we have apparent confirmation that ArcSys, Warner Bros. and Bandai Namco will indeed be taking part in those festivities as well.
Although your first thought for WB may be NetherRealm Studios’ next fighting game, it’s just as if not more likely that their reveals will be for the newly released MultiVersus, especially considering WB is hosting a massive side tournament at Evo as well.
Bamco has 2 mainstage fighting games this year between Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ, but considering both games appear to be done receiving new content, whatever they’re planning to reveal is probably a new title.
Just because there will be announcements taking place during the Evo Lounge doesn’t mean there won’t be any left for Sunday finals, however, as the PlayStation stream will only be up and running the first 2 days of the event, August 5–6.
This will be the first year Sony will be running an offline Evo as a co-owner after they bought the historic tournament series alongside RTS back in March 2021.
So the new Evo Lounge appears to be one aspect of the event that the new management is looking to change up.
The Evo Lounge live streams will be available across PlayStation’s Twitch and YouTube channels while Evo 2022 itself is taking place August 5–7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sent in by Vinny Aguiar.
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