If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by Capcom fighting game re-releases, you’re not alone. The studio feels it’s probably time to ‘slow down’ on that particular element of its business plan.
[img_big]center,8086,2011-06-07/16x9_with_Scanlines_2.jpg,The remastered Street Fighter III: Third Strike[/img_big]
Christian Svensson explains in a Ask Capcom forum post that these updated releases have probably reached the end of their lifespan:
Sadly, I think we’ve probably run the course of feasible titles here given the droppoff we’ve seen in sales with each new introduction. It seems the novelty of such projects is wearing off even within just the fighting game community based upon the sales data of our last two launches. That said, we have been quite prolific in these areas and it’s probably time for us to slow down anyway.
Svensson explains that shifting PS1, PS2 and PSP titles to PlayStation Network is more complex than it might seem – all manner of hoops must be jumped through, including verifying emulator compatibility, obtaining the appropriate rights to voice actors and musical scores, and also ensuring that the middleware will work (and is permitted to work) on the new platform. Sometimes this is straightforward, but other times each of these steps may present a problem.
Capcom has gone out of its way in recent years to ensure a high number of updated re-releases, but Svensson hints those days may be over.
I think you should prepare yourself that not every fighting game we’ve made will receive even one of these treatments.