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access_time February 26, 2019 at 7:14 PM in News by David Poole

EVO 2019 Lineup Announced as Melee Leaves Once Again

The lineup for EVO 2019 has finally been revealed today by the Evolution Championship Series. New and returning titles fill out the selection as this year will host nine titles total. Four of the games return from the previous year, including: BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, and Tekken 7. Most interesting this year is that over half the official lineup are new titles, two of which haven’t even been released yet.

The new titles added this year are: Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Shodown, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Under Night In-Birth ExeLate[st], and SoulCalibur VI. With Mortal Kombat 11 releasing in April, that will give plenty of time for contenders to practice before the event in August. Interesting enough, Samurai Shodown is included despite not having an official release date, which is a rather bold move.

Perhaps one of the biggest reveals is the fact that Super Smash Bros. Melee has been excluded from EVO 2019. Having been a popular title for many years before, and even being removed once before, it feels like it may finally be time for the GameCube classic to be retired. Another interesting note is that Dead or Alive 6, which releases this Friday, has also been excluded.

William “Leffen” Hjelte took home the prize for Super Smash Bros. Melee last year in an impressive display of skill.

All titles, except for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch, will be using the PlayStation 4 versions. EVO 2019 is slated for August 2-4, 2019, taking place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. Are you looking forward to this year’s EVO Championship Series?

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