EVO Japan will return in Spring 2023 after a pandemic-induced hiatus. The event’s general manager Rick Thiher has confirmed that EVO Japan 2023 will take place in Tokyo from late March to early April 2023. The group has also updated the Japanese event’s official website and set up a new Japanese Twitter account.
Four titles will feature prominently in EVO Japan 2023 as main tournaments. They will be Arc System Works’ Guilty Gear Strive, SNK’s The King of Fighters XV, Capcom’s Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, and Bandai Namco’s Tekken 7. The organizers will reveal more titles in the lineup and details for tournament registrations in Fall 2022.
EVO Japan is the first event in the Evolution Championship Series to appear outside of the US. The inaugural event launched in January 2018. The organizers managed to hold the event annually in 2019 and 2020, but it was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just like the original American event, developers of the featured games often publish new information in the middle of the tournaments. For example, the 2020 edition saw new playable character reveals for SoulCalibur VI and Samurai Shodown, as well as a new feature update for Tekken 7.
EVO Japan 2023 will take place physically at Tokyo Big Sight from March 31 to April 2, 2023.