Since Evo games are bound to be announced soon, I think it’s time for a prediction thread.
USF4 (already confirmed)
BB: Chrono Phantasma
Donation Drive 2.0
SFxT2013 and KI are there because I assume some moneyhatting is going to be involved. Wiz hates SFxT and was set on having it not appear in 2013 despite probably knowing that a patch was coming for the game (he has inside info). Capcom has a huge amount of influence over Evo and it’s likely that they will force him to put SFxT in, much like they put the pressure on SRK to include Ultra at Evo instead of SF42012. Evo is going Xbox is year, something they were adamant against doing until very recently. It’s not unlikely that the 360s were provided by MS in exchange for KI being featured in the lineup.
MK9 is done for real this time. The game has pretty much completely given way to Injustice in terms of turnout at majors. It have a good three-year run.
KOF13 is still has a great cult following and there is great hype for it every year at Evo. It’s safe to say that it will be back.
Wiz asked on twitter for people to choose an ArcSys game they wanted to see in the lineup, so it’s pretty much confirmed that we will get at least one anime game. CP has been received positively, GGAC+R is too old to be relevant and P4Ultimax won’t be out in NA in time for Evo.
Due to the hugely positive reception for Smash last year, I think it’s same to assume that Melee is a given. This would also give other games a crack of the whip if another donation drive goes down (which it probably will).
I don’t think it’s unsafe to assume that we will have the same number of games this year as we did last year. ArcSys games traditionally have not had a great presence at Evo, so asking the community what ArcSys games they want shows that SRK is trying to provide “something for everyone” again this year.