To help their fans start planning early the showrunners over at Shoryuken have officially announced EVO 2014, but have a startling revelation for fighting game fans too. While the locations hasn't changed, Las Vegas is still home base, and the date's rather similar, July 11-14, perhaps something even more significant will be different. EVO 2014's lead platform is now the Xbox 360 after a half-dozen years on the PlayStation 3.
BOOM. Megaton. All major multi-platform titles that are available to play on Xbox 360 will be played on the platform. Platform exclusives will continue to be played on their respective consoles, should any be a part of the EVO lineup. This is a huge change that's leaving many players wondering whether Microsoft's now an official EVO sponsor and what that might mean to the tournament's quality (not to mention its integrity).
Many of these questions won't be answered until the official game line-up is announced for EVO 2014. For instance, if any semi-popular PS3/PS4-exclusive fighting games are missing then Shoryuken will almost certainly face community scrutiny. This includes titles like say BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Guilty Gear Xrd, or say Divekick. Also, the inclusion of say the Xbox One's Killer Instinct over a PS3/PS4 exclusive would be certain to start a fire.
That said, there's no argument that certain Capcom games run better on Xbox 360 than they do on PlayStation 3, so in that regard Shoryuken is doing what's right for their players. How the rest of the drama plays out won't be known for quite some time. For now all we can say is hooray for another EVO! They get better every year.