NetherRealm Studios' tournament streak continues with the announcement of the 2015 Evo World Championship line-up!
For a fifth straight year; the developer will be represented in the main championship field, debuting Mortal Kombat X a mere three months after its release to home consoles, on April 14th.
The annual announcement was made live by Evo founder Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, Wednesday (January 21), via stream from the Twitch headquarters in San Franchisco. The stream [archive below] saw the return of Capcom standard bearers Street Fighter & Marvel vs Capcom, another year of US Xbox exclusive rival Killer Instinct, and the return of Tekken (arcade) after its shock omission from last year's announcement.
- Full 2015 Evo Championship List:
- Ultra Street Fighter IV
- Mortal Kombat X
- Tekken 7 (Arcade)
- Ultimate Marvel versus Capcom 3
- Killer Instinct
- Guilty Gear Xrd
- Super Smash Bros. Wii U
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Persona 4: Ultimax
NetherRealm's DC Comics fighting game: Injustice: Gods Among Us will not return. The 2012 fighter ousted Mortal Kombat from last year's line-up, having debuted a year prior with the same 3 month release-to-tournament window as Mortal Kombat X, this year.
Speaking to Mortal Kombat Online, 2013 Evo World Champion Denzell "DJT" Terry said, "Even though I kind of felt that MKX was a shoe-in for EVO, because it is a new game, the announcement still made me hype!! I was like, 'Yes!!!!! Yes!!! Yes!!!'"
The champ confirmed he will contest the first World Championship for Mortal Kombat X, aiming for nothing less than a Top 8 finish and supreme championship bragging rights. "I want to be on that big stage." Mortal Kombat missed the big stage, last year, but DJT was philosophical about the omission, "I wish [MK2011] could've been a main game last year, but we just [didn't] have the numbers, unfortunately."
A side tournament organized by Brant McCaskill (Pighut) and sponsored by Mortal Kombat Online still managed to attract attendance and streaming audiences to rival main events on the bill. " It was still a hype side tourney, for sure."
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