The biggest fighting game tournament in Europe is set to hit London's Trocadero on April 15th this year, attracting an impressively cosmopolitan roster of competitors.
There will be cash awards and prizes up to £10,000 to all top 5 players and, of course, the UPG traditional gifts and prizes to all other participants from UPG and sponsors
Absolution 2004 'The Balance of Judgement' will be covering nearly every big-name, hardcore 2D and 3D fighting game, including Soul Calibur 2, Tekken 4 and Tekken Tag, Virtua Fighter 4 Evo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Third Strike and more. The prize money weighs in at a respectable £400 for first place, £200 for second and £100 for third.
So far three big name Japanese players have signed up for Absolution and will be making their way West for the event. They are Ino, Izu, and Kiyo - all regulars on the Japanese prize gaming circuit.
It is expected that the level of competition will be high, with players from America, France and Germany also making the trip to the UK, making for a truly international event.
There is also a Balance of Judgement trophy reserved for the tournament's most valuable player. To win, the player must compete in enough games to accumulate the highest number of points. The organisers will add the total points at the end of all events, meaning that this year's MVP does not actually have to win any single competition, but rather has to be the most balanced competitor overall.
Expect coverage and details from Absolution when it starts on April 15th.