The EVO 2012 fighting game championship has announced a six-game line-up, including the two most recent Street Fighter titles and King of Fighters XIII, with qualifying rounds in the USA, Canada, Australia and Singapore.
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition and the most recent Mortal Kombat retain their places from the 2011 tournament, while Marvel vs Capcom 3 is replaced by its latest iteration, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3.
New to the fold is King of Fighters XIII, which debuted as an arcade cabinet in 2010 before transitioning to home consoles in late 2011, and two brand-new console titles in the form of SoulCalibur V (January 2012) and Street Fighter x Tekken (March 2012).
Qualifiers are integrated into other video game tournaments, with the first opportunity presenting itself at New Jersey's Apex Tournament Series, January 6-8.
By the time of June's Midwest Championships in Nashville, there will have been three previous tournaments hosted in each of the USA's major regions: the Southern states, the Midwest, the Northeast and the West.
Canadian hopefuls can head to Toronto (May 4-6) or Montreal (June 3-4), while Australia's February 17-19 heats take place in Sydney and Singapore hosts the South East Asia Major come March 17-18.
EVO's grand finals are scheduled for July 6-8 in Las Vegas. 2011's edition was supported by three days of online TV streamed via the event website.
The World Cyber Games, which tend to favor computer-based games rather than the consoles of EVO, are to take place towards the end of the year in Kunshan, China.