Evo 2023: All top 8 results and major announcements
Get ready for world-class fights and world-first reveals.
Evo has changed a lot for its biggest tournament ever, with Evo 2023 ditching the traditional top eight model and transitioning to a focused-down top six finale that will keep things running smoothly with over 9,000 competitors entering the ring from Aug. 4 to 6 in Las Vegas.
From Street Fighter 6’s record-breaking turnout of more than 7,000 players to the astounding return of Marvel vs Capcom 3 to Evo’s main stage, Evo 2023 is must watch for every fighting game fan.
This year, Evo cut down its lineup to eight games and is only featuring the top six players on the finals stage for those titles. To keep FGC tradition alive, the top eight players will all still receive an Evo Finalist medal and a cut of the game’s prize pool—even if they don’t get to play on the main stage.
Even with the format changing, fans attending Evo or watching from home can still expect to see some big announcements during the event. Along with things like a first in-person look at Riot Games’ Project L to the potential for the new game and DLC reveals, it is important to be aware of what is happening even beyond the bracket.
For anyone who wants to keep track of the full Top 8 results for every main Evo 2023 tournament, along with all of the best announcements coming from the venue in Vegas, here is a present from me to you—all wrapped up in hopes and dreams shaped like a Marvel vs Capcom revival.
Related: Evo 2023: Full game schedule and how to watch
The Melty Blood: Type Lumina finals will begin at 10am PT on Aug. 5
The King of Fighters XV finals will begin at 1pm PT on Aug. 5
The Dragon Ball FighterZ finals will begin at 7pm PT on Aug. 5
The Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 finals will begin at 10am PT on Aug. 6
The Tekken 7 finals will begin at 1pm PT on Aug. 6
The Guilty Gear Strive finals will begin at 4pm PT on Aug. 6
The Street Fighter 6 finals will begin at 7pm PT on Aug. 6
Evo is known as an event where companies drop big announcements and reveals for fighting game franchises since the hardcore audience they are trying to play to is watching from the stands at the event or online at home.
From full game reveals to DLC and enhancements for already playable titles—and everything in between—here is what you might have missed from Evo 2023.
After 10 years of waiting, Under Night In-Birth II [Sys:Celes] was officially announced by Arc System Works and developer French-Bread.
This is a direct sequel to Under Night In-Birth, will feature new and returning characters, along with a revamped battle system. It will also be the first Under Night In-Birth title to feature rollback netcode, so players can rest easy.
Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising is set to be an enhanced version of the original 2020 game, with improved visuals, gameplay, and more. The open beta tournament at Evo 2023 is already letting players see some high-level action, but the developers also wanted to include a nice treat by showcasing two of the new fighters.
The @Cygames_EN dev panel gave a special treat for all Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising fans!We got a first look at gameplay for the newcomer, Nier, and a teaser for the next character joining the roster: Grimnir!https://t.co/pRm0CRum2y | #Evo2023 pic.twitter.com/BL3MWzvt7l
During the special event panels on Aug. 4, Cygames showed players their first look at newcomer Nier’s gameplay. They also teased the next character joining the roster, Grimnir.
The Skullgirls Championship Series was confirmed to make a return in 2023. And, while we already knew about Maria and have seen some early looks at the character’s gameplay, Sonicfox and dekillsage took the newest Skullgirls fighter to the Evo mainstage for an exhibition.
The @Skullgirls Championship Series will return in 2024!https://t.co/pRm0CRum2y | #Evo2023 pic.twitter.com/rGV2bi0NlK
That killed @dekillsage?!@SonicFox showing off the power of @Skullgirls newcomer Marie!https://t.co/pRm0CRum2y | #Evo2023 pic.twitter.com/RVZGA56tpy
You get to see plenty of what makes Maria special, and some awesome behind the scenes for the design process behind each character thanks to the partially finished animations and other incomplete elements.
Rivals of Aether 2 is set to release at some point in 2024, and Aether Studios wanted to show off a first look at Maypul in 3D, along with some new gameplay for the game.
We just revealed Maypul live on stage at #Evo2023! The Sylvan Watcher returns as the latest Rival to be included in our 2024 launch roster. Learn more and show your support for the game at https://t.co/R9tY4Toceu pic.twitter.com/ktqKuZm0jj
The @StudiosofAether Devs show off some new gameplay for Rivals 2 featuring Maypul! Meet her new plant friends, Terry and Poppy, and see how her moveset translates to Rivals 2!https://t.co/pRm0CRum2y | #Evo2023 pic.twitter.com/EiJtglxUXb
In a surprising return, Evo 2023 saw the return of the Cannon Award, a legacy award given out to influential and key members of the Fighting Game Community that have achieved greatness or helped grow the scene in a meaningful and positive way. It is named for the Cannon brothers, Tom and Tony, who helped co-found the event.
This year, it was awarded to CEO creator Alex Jebailey, Tampa Never Sleeps founder Tong Lee, and Combo Breaker founder and Evo general manager Rick “TheHadou” Thiher.
If there was ever a reason to bring back the Cannon Awards, it would be this.Congratulations and thank you for everything you do for the community, @TongNeverSleeps @Jebailey @TheHadou! pic.twitter.com/6blBqyJLne
During the Killer Instinct 10-Year Anniversary Invitational, fans of the franchise got a massive surprise in the form of head of Killer Instinct, James Goddard confirming a new update coming to the game to celebrate the occasion.
"You guys made this happen!"We are honored to share the stage with the head of Killer Instinct, James Goddard, to bring the news about the massive update coming to KI!https://t.co/pRm0CRum2y | #Evo2023 pic.twitter.com/lXlLfYIaan
Dropping later this year, KI will receive a free update to add an all-new balance patch, improved matchmaking, and 4K support on Xbox Series X/S consoles. It is also being developed by the original developers at Iron Galaxy.
Our friends @IronGalaxy are back! And together, we’re bringing you Killer Instinct's free 10th Anniversary Update later this year – including a balance update, improved matchmaking, and 4K support for Series X|S.More info coming soon!
More information will be shared in the coming months ahead of its release.
Ahead of its release later this year, Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl 2 showed off Mr. Krabs arch-enemy Plankton, who will join the roster as a fighter.
ICYMI:Don't call him Sheldon!Plankton asserts his dominance in Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl 2!There are a ton of new features coming to NASB2. Stay tuned to @NickBrawlGame for the latest updates and info!#Evo2023 pic.twitter.com/hrqy7Jccsc
Piloting a mech based on his own body and full of different gadgets, players got a full look at his moveset and just what the bottomfeeder will bring to the game.
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