First of all let’s go with the facts even the higher ups can’t argue with-
The mainstream Capcom games bring in a lot of people.
This year we had China Fighter 4 and Marvel vs Random 3 and they still brought in huge numbers.
Next year not only we’ll have a more balanced version of SF4 and a less silly version of MVC3 but also a 3rd huge game in the form of SFxT.
Just because of the big 3 an event in the size and format of 2011 won’t be enough.
But that’s not all of it- The genre is booming.
While the Tekken community will be in a coma until TTT2 hits console, they’ll have SC5 (assuming it won’t suck) as the in-between game (a tradition since the days of T4)
MK9 will stay strong. BBCS is getting yet another new version. KOF13 May or may not do well but it’s there.
And even SkullGirls and Melty Blood, as niche as they may seem, could make it big enough if just for the solid online play. (Shitty matchmaking aside, judging from my experience with 3OE, GGPO on console is indeed THAT good.)
But you already know all that so what’s the point of this thread?
If you count all the above you get 9 different games! And I think that gone are the days of communities fighting for a spot. That’s backwards thinking and unhealthy for the FGC as a whole.
What we need to do is to push for a much bigger, longer event with enough room for everyone.
Either that or tell everyone else to f*ck off and go full “Mainstream-Capcom” which is kinda the direction EVO was slowly getting at since 09, but like I said it will eventually hurt the FGC in the long run.
I know EVO2011 was using new formats and ways to organize everything better so I hope they’ll be open to take the whole show into a new direction completely.
So can we please do whatever it takes to have EVO2012 with a lineup of 9 games?