First details for the upcoming EVO JAPAN has been revealed which is to take place early 2018 from 26th to 28th January. The event will take place at the Akihabara UDX building in the heart of the electric town in Tokyo, Japan.

A lead up event to Evo Japan has also been announced which takes place in the same building. The event called Sai is a collab with TOPANGA and GODSGARDEN that uses a double-elimination format. Sai will take place from May 20-21 and will be free to enter.

EVO Japan will feature Tekken 7: Fated Retribution and Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 with one other main event title not revealed yet.

Here’s a statement released by EVO Japan’s chairman Noriyuki Kaneko:

Fighting games have been around for over 30 years, stemming from a single genre within the arcade gaming industry it has evolved and transcended the world of gaming. In recent years the fighting game communities based out of North America have expanded the genre and player base, most notably through Evo and has had great success in hosting the world’s largest open gaming tournament – for all games. I am honored to be part of an Evo event in Japan, the birthplace of the fighting game, not only as part of the staff but also as a fighting game fan & player.

Although it is known that Evo is the world’s biggest open gaming tournament, it’s more than just that. In my experience, Evo is also the best event for the separate fighting game communities. Evo Japan will work to unite these many communities and fighting gamers from all over the world as well. We welcome everyone that has their own specific goals, ideas and purposes and hope to enjoy fighting games together.

We look forward to seeing you at Evo Japan 2018, let’s have a great time together!