Since 2015, Combo Breaker has been one of the premier multi-game fighting game tournament series, only paling in comparison to Evo. But while Evo typically only includes nine featured games, the Combo Breaker 2023 line-up will include nearly 30 featured games.
This year’s event will feature even more brackets than last year’s, meaning there will be events for a wider range of fighting game players to enjoy. Here’s an overview of all of the featured games that will be at Combo Breaker 2023 in Schaumburg, Illinois, from May 26-28.
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New titles making their Combo Breaker debuts
Four video games at Combo Breaker 2023 will be making their first-ever appearances at a Combo Breaker tournament. These include two traditional two-dimensional fighters and two platform fighters. Interestingly, this line-up includes Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, an updated version of a game that came out in 2006.
This event will also mark the debut of Rushdown Revolt, a platform fighter that initially launched in 2020. Finally, the new games line-up includes two new release from 2022: DNF Duel and Warner Bros. Games’ crossover platform fighter MultiVersus.
Although 2v2 is the primary competitive mode for MultiVersus, Combo Breaker 2023 is currently only slated to include a 1v1 bracket. This is presumably to keep in line with other fighting games at the event, which are generally 1v1 esports. However, according to MultiVersus player Xavier “CPWMA” Conchar, the tournament organizers are considering adding a 2v2 bracket for MultiVersus.
#ComboBreaker #MultiVersus I got an email response from CB and they mentioned looking into getting 2v2s for Multiversus (obviously no promises) 1v1s are what CB is normally known for which is why 1v1 was brought on.
— AE | CaptainPlanetWithMetalArms (@captain_arms) January 17, 2023
Other featured games in the Combo Breaker 2023 line-up
Meanwhile, a number of other returning games will be part of the main roster at Combo Breaker 2023. Here are the games players can expect to see at this fighting game major:
- Killer Instinct
- The King of Fighters XV
- Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate
- Skullgirls 2nd Encore
- Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
- Guilty Gear Strive
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo
- Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
- Melty Blood: Type Lumina
- Them’s Fightin’ Herds
- Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2
- Tekken 7
- Granblue Fantasy Versus
- Vampire Savior
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Samurai Shodown
- Primal Rage
- Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction
Combo Breaker 2023 will also feature its signature Mystery Game Tournament. In this bracket, competitors will play a different game in each round. In addition, the event will have a number of community-run brackets for extra fighting games.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.