In 4 days, SFV has broken the record for the most entrants at Evo in a single game! This is going to be a crazy year! #Evo2016
— EVO (@EVO) February 22, 2016
This is pretty crazy. As Mike Willams posted on USGamer:
Last year for Evo 2015, Ultra Street Fighter IV hit 2,227 registrants, so this puts Street Fighter V somewhere above that number. The community must feel pretty good about Street Fighter V in order for the game to beat Ultra’s numbers in only a few days.
I think this is less about the community’s feelings regarding Street Fighter V and more:
- Ultra Street Fighter IV isn’t being offered as a main game at Evo.
- Street Fighter V is definitely going to be the prime time highlight game for finals. Everybody wants a shot.
- A new main entry in the series means that the competition field is going to be slightly leveled. People who have been playing for a long time will still be good, but there’s always a few new faces who rise to the top with each new game release.
- The fighting game community is on the rise—for every game—and events are only going to get bigger.
I’m bummed that I can’t afford Evo this year; it would have been fun. (Though it’s probably best to wait until year two of the finals being in an arena so they can figure it out.)
I still have a room booked for Combo Breaker, though, which I expect will be just as huge when it happens later this spring. I hope I’ll be able to afford to make the trip after the office renovation expenses popped up—it promises to be a fun time.