Super Smash Bros. Melee dropped from Evo 2019 lineup

The lineup for the 2019 iteration of the annual Evo fighting game tournament has been announced, and Super Smash Bros. Melee is a notable absentee.

Super Smash Bros. Melee, which is now 18 years old having released back on the GameCube in 2001, has been a part of the events lineup since 2013. It’s no massive surprise to see it dropped though, as last years Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been drafted in to replace it, so Smash’s representation is just being given a more modern upgrade. Melee has been very fondly thought of at the tournament though, so much so that it got its own “Thank You” video, complete with emotional music to commemorate its contribution over the last six years.

Elsewhere in the lineup there are plenty of names that you would expect to see such as Tekken 7, Soulcalibur 6, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, and the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11, but there are also some surprise inclusions too – the lesser known but very well received Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] makes the list, as does Samurai Shodown which doesn’t release until later this year, so players won’t have much time to gain experience of the game before the tournament starts.

While there are nine games in total that will be played at the tournament, only four of them will be played on the final day: BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Tekken 7 are those chosen few. The full lineup for the event is as follows:

Evo 2019 will take place in Las Vegas from Friday 2nd August until Sunday 4th August. Both registration and ticket booking for the event are now open on the Evo 2019 website. You can check out a trailer for the event below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkbOAUPS8EI
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