Capcom’s Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection has been delayed in Japan following intense fan criticism, the studio has this week confirmed.
Back in December, the Japanese developer announced the release of the compilation across current-gen consoles and PC. While it has now revealed that the 12-title collection will launch in the West on May 29, it has also pushed back the game’s Japanese release from spring 2018 to an as-of-yet undetermined window.
Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection pulls together “arcade-perfect” ports of the seminal fighting game series’ most popular titles, with four of these also slated to feature low-latency online play in which players can challenge opponents as they progress through arcade mode on their respective title.
Amongst the collection are the original Street Fighter, five versions of Street Fighter II, the three iterations of Street Fighter III, as well as the Street Fighter Alpha trilogy. Capcom has also confirmed the title will include additional features including an interactive timeline, museum and music player. Those who preorder the collection on PS4, Xbox One and Steam will receive a free copy of Street Fighter IV, while the Switch version contains exclusive content in the form of Super Street Fighter II: The Tournament Battle, which will require four Switches, eight controllers and seven friends to experience.
Street Fighter has gone onto become one of the most recognisable franchises in gaming since the release of the original title in the arcades back in 1987; it is widely recognised as being the most influential fighting title of all time. Street Fighter II is arguably the most memorable game in the series’ history, becoming embedded in pop culture and spawning two movies, a Hasbro toy line and an iGaming slot title that includes Ryu, Ken, Sagat, Guile, and Chun Li as characters and features on many of the operators reviewed by Topcasinosites.
However, those fans in the series’ homeland will have to wait longer than their Western counterparts to purchase the collection; in an official announcement posted on Capcom’s official site, producer Tomoaki Ayano confirmed that the Japanese release of the game has been delayed indefinitely in order to allow the developers to address “various opinions and requests” put forward by players since the title’s official announcement.
In truth, the reaction had been far more hostile than Ayano’s statement alluded to; many Japanese fans, including Platinum Games director Hideki Kamiya, had been incensed by the fact that only English-language versions of the 12 titles were set to be included in the collection. According to the small print of Capcom’s original announcement, “Since all titles’ contents are based on the overseas versions, the titles, voicing, and text will be in English.” It is believed the company will now take the extra time to properly localise back the collection across all platforms.