More than just featuring international fighting game tournaments, the Evolution Championship Series 2016 or Evo 2016 may feature some updates about upcoming fighting games. Big fighting games developers such as Capcom, NetherRealm Studio, and Bandai Namco may reveal more about their titles in the upcoming tournament. Here?s what we know so far and here?s the full schedule of the Evo 2016 tournaments from the Street Fighter Reddit.
Capcom has already confirmed that they?ll have a Street Fighter 5 panel at Evo 2016. The Street Fighter 5 panel will include discussions on ?content updates, dev updates and Capcom Pro Tour.? It?s possible that they?ll drop Juri and Urien?s release dates as they already have playable builds in the Cinematic Story mode of Street Fighter 5. Additionally, Capcom may also announce the next batch of updates after these two additions in the game. ?You can watch the Street Fighter 5 matches on CapcomFighters? Twitch stream.
Heading to @EVO shortly. See you soon. I have a date with the Willy Wonka slot machine.
— tyler lansdown (@tylerlansdown) July 14, 2016
While Injustice 2?s developers haven?t confirmed a main panel at the Evo, which is evident on the Evo 2016 schedule, we might still see the developers showcase the game. NetherRealm Studios community specialist Tyler Lansdown posted on his Twitter page that he will be attending the event, but he didn?t mention anything about an Injustice 2 announcement.
Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios is one of the main games in Evo 2016, so there?s still a chance that the developer may talk about the upcoming Injustice game after the finals. If not, Injustice 2 already has a confirmed San Diego Comic Con 2016 appearance, so there?s no need for fans to worry.
I'll fly to Vegas.
See you at EVO 2016.
— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) July 13, 2016
According to Tekken 7 Director Katsuhiro Harada?s Twitter page, he?ll definitely be in the area to attend the event. Despite the director?s confirmed appearance, the panel schedules don?t have a time slot allotted for Bandai Namco or Tekken, so there might not be any major announcements for Tekken 7 Fated Retribution during or after its matches. Here?s the official Evo stream for the Tekken 7 matches.
However, players on the Street Fighter Reddit thread pointed out that a picture of the Evo 2016 panel schedule shows a ?Bandai Namco/Tekken? time slot at 4 pm Saturday, July 16. It?s possible that the panel may have been cancelled, but Bandai Namco will definitely appear at San Diego Comic Con 2016 in Room 25ABC from 1 pm to 2 pm on Friday, July 22. Besides Tekken, Bandai Namco will also discuss the 20th anniversary of the Soul Calibur series at the event, so we both have Tekken 7 Fated Retribution and a new Soul Calibur entry to look forward to.