Those of you who were hanging out to play a bit of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition later this year will now have to choose which console you want to play it on, as the game’s developers announce there will not be a PC version of the game.
Series producer Yoshinori Ono explained in a Japanese interview that while the PC version of the original Street Fighter IV was a strong seller around the world, it was also “number one in piracy”, which was a deciding factor on whether or not to bring Super to the home computer.
Trying to see things as a positive, Ono pointed out that the unsolicited copies of the game meant that more people were able to play it – but explains that they need to protect the Street Fighter IV IP so need to squash the concept that the game is considered “free” in certain places.
Those pesky pirates may not have caused the PC release to be ruled out entirely – if a suitably powerful copy protection system can be found, the situation may change. The game, which runs on Taito‘s DirectX-based Type X2 arcade board, is already 99% ready for a PC version, so it wouldn’t be a huge leap.
…and before you suggest Steam, Ono has already said no: it would be “unfair” to gamers who are unable to buy via the platform. Boo.