During the 2 on 2 tournament at yesterday's Tokaigi Game Party, Pokkén Tournament Producer Masaaki Hoshino announced that the game would be returning to the Pokémon World Championships this year.
This was also confirmed after the event on the official Pokkén Twitter:
Qualification methods have not yet been confirmed, but we will deliver more information as it becomes available.
A balance patch for the arcade version of the game was also announced. This patch will bring a variety of changes to both Fighter and Support Pokémon, and will release on February 14th in Japan. At the moment, no announcements have been made regarding the Wii U version of the game.
We will deliver more information as it comes. Please stay tuned.
Update: NicoNico has updated the start time for this event. It appears the 2 on 2 tournament will begin Saturday, February 11th at 9:00 PM EST.
Tokaigi Game Party, a gaming convention in Japan, will be taking place this weekend.
The convention will feature a 2 on 2 tournament for Pokkén, and some of Japan's best players will be participating. It's also worth noting that Pokkén Tournament Producer Masaaki Hoshino will be in attendance. While this may not lead to anything, keep in mind that Corrin and Bayonetta were showcased for Smash Wii U last year, a month before they were released (Edit: @Mins also pointed out that Chandelure and Shadow Mewtwo being playable were both announced at the last Tokaigi). This means there is the possibility of a Pokkén DLC announcement this weekend - or perhaps even the announcement of a Switch port.
The 2 on 2 tournament will begin on February 11th, 2017 at 9:00 PM EST. The details are as follows:
The tournament will be played on the Arcade version of Pokkén Tournament.
Darkrai, Scizor, Croagunk, and Empoleon are allowed.
Team members may not use the same Battle Pokémon.
Support Pokémon may be changed after a match.
Waseda format: Each team member plays an opponent of the opposing team. If each team wins one game, the two players who won will face off.
Skill Points enabled.
You will be able to watch the Tokaigi 2 on 2 tournament here. You can see the list of participants here.
Thanks to Pentao for translating the information, and BUGlitch for the list of participants!
The Evo 2017 Player's Choice donation drive has finally ended. While it wasn't the result we had hoped for, there is a lot for us to be proud of.
After an exhilarating final day of voting, the winner of the Evo 2017 Player's Choice donation drive has been determined:
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 ($71,690)
Pokkén Tournament ($66,906)
Killer Instinct ($6,116)
Super Street Fighter II Turbo ($831)
Mortal Kombat XL ($137)
Even though Pokkén did not win the donation drive, there is plenty to be excited about.
Not only did our community play a large part in raising over $150,000 for children in need, Evo is recognizing our efforts by committing $10,000 to support our community events throughout 2017! While the first thing that comes to mind is pot bonuses, it is also possible that this support will come in other forms such as increased production value and exposure.
Evo is not the only party to have recognized how hard we've worked, either. People are booting up their previously-forgotten copies of Pokkén, AnimEVO is in contact with our community's leaders, and even Harada himself gave his input. In my opinion, however, there are three results of the donation drive that are the most important:
We raised over $150,000 for children in need
This donation drive brought the Pokkén community together more than ever before
Outsiders have a newfound respect for Pokkén, and many new players are interested in getting into the game
So, what next?
The Pokkén community needs to ride this momentum and take full advantage of our time in the spotlight. We need to pump out a massive amount of Pokkén content on YouTube, Twitch, and the Forums here on Pokkén Arena. Go to your locals, support the streams, and show outsiders why we love this game.
I am so, so, so proud of each and every one of you. Whether you donated thousands of dollars or you lurked in the Twitch chats over the last two weeks, Pokkén could not have done this without you.
Thank you all, and here's to an incredible 2017 for the Pokkén community.
Although Pokken did not make the 8 lock in spots for this year's EVO, it is in the running with 8 other games. Show them what we're made of and vote for Pokken for that 9th spot! All donations will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the end of voting. Voting closes on February 8th.
Click Here to Vote For Pokken Click Here to See the Status of All Games
This is the new, dedicated website for Pokkén Tournament information and content! Enjoy your stay and we are looking forward to your contributions!
Here is a handy video going over the features of the website!
Finally, after a lot of work, the new forums can be put up for all to use! I'm quite glad for things to be off of the old Proboards software.
The new software we're on (IPS) gives us much more control over the website, allowing us to add features we were previously incapable of. Now, we have a front page news section, as well as an integrated calendar that users can submit events to! (Although events will require staff approval.) Soon, we'll add a video archive, perhaps a guide library, and much more!
There's a couple of old features we're working on bringing back (like the ability to select your main character to be displayed on your forum profile) and they'll be popping back up in the next couple of weeks. If you have any feature requests, please use the subforum for suggestions.
http://pokkenarena.invisionzone.com/ is a temporary URL for the next day or two, but after that we'll be moving to our permanent home of http://pokkenarena.com/ ! (Once the old content has been moved. It takes 24-48 hours, for technical reasons.)
The old forums will be up for a month or two just for people to copy old stuff over, but then we'll be nuking them. Back up everything important sooner rather than later. You have been warned.