Hello, friends! I am coming to you LIVE from EVO in Las Vegas! Even offsite, I'm here to bring you a fresh round of news, memes, and entertainment. It's the Friday edition of Evening Reading.
In case you missed it at Shacknews:
- EVO 2023: Schedule, brackets, prize pool, games & where to watch
- Pokemon Presents showcase announced for next week
- Baldur's Gate 3 crosses half a million concurrent players on Steam
- Riot Games' Project L adds Yasuo
- Under Night In-Birth 2 Sys:Celes announced at EVO 2023
- Remnant 2 August 4, 2023 update patch notes
- Marvel Snap will add X-23, Daken, and Lady Deathstrike in its August season
- Baldur's Gate 3 Hotfix #1 patch notes
- Shack Chat: Who is your favorite fighting game guest character of all time?
And, because it's the weekend, go find yourself something to play!
- Weekend Console Download Deals for Aug. 4: PlayStation Summer Sale Part 2
- Weekend PC Download Deals for Aug. 4: QuakeCon begins early
Around the gaming horn
The Pokemon Company won't be the only ones with a presentation. Devolver Digital has something to... show?
Here's a first story trailer for Last Train Home from THQ Nordic.
And take a vacation with Mario Kart Tour.
And now... Other Stuff From The Internet!!!
Scenes from EVO 2023
A record number of participants have arrived at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The @Cygames_EN dev panel gave a special treat for all Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising fans!— EVO (@EVO) August 4, 2023
We got a first look at gameplay for the newcomer, Nier, and a teaser for the next character joining the roster: Grimnir!https://t.co/pRm0CRum2y | #Evo2023 pic.twitter.com/BL3MWzvt7l
Granblue Fantasy Versus fans got to eat at the first EVO panel of the day.
SURPRISE!!! 🧽— hungrybox (@LiquidHbox) August 4, 2023
I was able to work with some of the @NickBrawlGame Devs to voice this video.
The game looks incredibly fun and I can’t wait for everyone to play it.
Check out some of the new features of Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl 2, coming soon! pic.twitter.com/N06bwnAYxW
There may be no Smash at EVO, but Hungrybox still had something to do on this Friday.
Announced live at @EVO , it's the return of the SKULLGIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES!— Skullgirls (@Skullgirls) August 4, 2023
With a completely new production team, the SGCS is going to be bigger than ever! We'll have more news soon, but 2024 is going to be BIG for competitive Skullgirls!#Skullgirls #sgcs2024 pic.twitter.com/ynB0n8zXuo
Skullgirls cannot die!
We are excited to announce that we are licensing the incredible Snapnet netcode solution built by @HighHorseGames. This server-based rollback solution will be the backbone of online play in Rivals 2. pic.twitter.com/P5Ac97lp2u— Aether Studios (@StudiosofAether) August 4, 2023
Her trusty plant companion Lily is back, along with 2 new flora friends Terry and Poppy. Catch a short showcase of all her moves going on right now at https://t.co/cIoYLUnjyI pic.twitter.com/u51Bs6cXHS— Aether Studios (@StudiosofAether) August 4, 2023
Rivals 2 is getting ready for its 2024 and it's going to do online play right. Plus, a fan-favorite character has returned.
Leroy Smith's popularity is undeniable and we're stoked for Tekken 8.
I still can't believe how some of my personal moments have become FGC staples. Seeing this as part of the actual Evo stuff is surreal. pic.twitter.com/udAVOZa0J1— Kane Blueriver @ EVO (@KaneBlueriverCL) August 4, 2023
Top Marvel player KaneBlueRiver goes down memory lane.
The ageless Alex Valle is also in the house.
Ms. Vexanie, one of the most prolific esports photographers in the game.
OMG, #EVO2023 IS HERE!!! This is my first time doing Artist Alley here AHHHH! It's been 3 years and I finally got in! What a dream come true!! Come thru at Table B82A and don't be shy to say hi ~ ✨️💖✨️ pic.twitter.com/EdUj4hvsfq— Jasmyne 🍙 🔜 EVO (@JasmenRice) August 4, 2023
As always, support artists! Buy from your local artist alley today!
Gold letters already coming out on Day 1, courtesy of NuckleDu.
Few understand the importance of community to the FGC more than Justin Wong. (Or Persia, for that matter.)
Nothing but the Hotfix
Kingdom Hearts runs don't get much harder than this, so check this one out. GDQ's Hotfix shows air every week and you can catch them all at the Games Done Quick Twitch account.
Under the learning tree with Masahiro Sakurai
Masahiro Sakurai started a YouTube channel! Let's learn from his decades of experience together by looking at one of his latest videos. This week, Sakurai analyzes the game essence of shooting games dating all the way back to classic arcade titles like Space Invaders.
This week in Shaqnews
Kevin Garnett and John Salley talk about the greatness of Shaq.
IT'S STILL REAL TO ME, DAMMIT!
The big day for Jey Uso has arrived. Can he prevail over Roman Reigns in Tribal Combat? Find out at SummerSlam tomorrow night!
Tonight in video game music
Yoann Garel and DJ Cutman take you through a breezy day in Mabe Village in this Link's Awakening remix.
That's it for the first Friday Evening Reading for the month of August! Be sure to keep the spirit of the classic Evening Reading alive by jumping into the comments about whatever you see here or whatever randomness you'd like to discuss. Join the conversation and dive into the Shacknews Chatty comment thread below. I'll see you all next week!