The first Japanese installment of the Evolution Championship Series will take place in early 2018, according to details released at a Tokyo Game Show press conference early this morning.
Event organizers Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar and Mark "MarkMan" Julio held the conference to reveal the first details about the event since it was announced at EVO 2016. Though Thursday's conference was not streamed live, a slide posted on Twitter by Julio says that the inaugural EVO Japan is set for January 2018, and that the games list for the event will be announced at EVO 2017.
Additional details are expected to be revealed during a livestream Q&A later today.
On Twitter, Julio said that the intent behind scheduling the event more than a year in advance was "to give people enough time to plan and travel to this event," as the trip to Japan may be the first for many fighting game fans.
While EVO Japan's tournament list is likely to include the biggest international fighting game titles, like Street Fighter V, it's also expected to incorporate more niche titles that are popular in Japan, like BlazBlue or Gundam Versus. Titles that are popular at EVO but do have a smaller Japanese fanbase, like Super Smash Bros. and Mortal Kombat, are less likely to be featured, though we won't know until EVO 2017 next July which games have made the cut.
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