The upcoming Evolution 2K11 tournament, one of the largest fighting game events in the world, will be held later at the end of the month at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, specifically from July 29 to 31. Of course, the event isn't just a huge tournament featuring Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and other fighting games. Shoryuken.com recently revealed the numerous panels featured at this year's gathering/tournament.
One of the highlights include a panel called "Inside the Mind of the Beast: Daigo Umehara Exposed!" where Capcom senior community manager Seth Killian talks with Evo 2009 and 2010 Street Fighter champion Daigo Umehara about tactics, player reads, and tournament-level thought processes. A special "Beast" shirt from Meat Bun will also be available on sale to commemorate the legacy of Umehara. The T-shirt will be sold at $20 and will be limited. The showcase will be held on July 29 at 2 p.m. PT.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3's producer Ryota Niitsuma will also be on stage to share behind-the-scenes processes during the fighting game's development cycle in a panel called "MvC3: Past, Present, and Future." Niitsuma will be accompanied by battle system designer Hidetoshi "Neo_G" Ishizawa. The panel is held on July 29 at 4 p.m. PT. A panel on the upcoming Konami-published fighting game Skullgirls will also be held, where project lead Mike "Patron Saint of Combo Videos" Z talks about the innovations of the game and how it's a true refinement to the genre.
Namco Bandai will also be talking about its upcoming projects at Evo 2K11. Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada, game designer Michael Murray, and community manager Rich Bantegui will share more details about the future of Tekken, Tekken Hybrid, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the arcade. SoulCalibur V director Daishi Odashima will also join in and talk more about the fifth installment of the upcoming weapon-based fighting game. This panel is held on July 30 and starts at 2 p.m. PT.
Finally, Capcom and Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono will talk about new directions and development plans for the upcoming game Street Fighter X Tekken in a self-titled panel. It will be held on July 30 at 4 p.m.
For the complete list of all of the panels, head down to Shoryuken.com. On a related note, check out GameSpot's interviews with two Evo 2K11 representatives from Singapore: "Gackt" Eng Ghim Kee and Kun-Xian "Xian" Ho.