moonmaster1 wrote:capcom of japan sold their rights to street fighter in 1998.
This constantly persistent rumour is bullshit.
Capcom USA isn't some kind of separate company, you know. They are a subsidiary of Capcom Japan and although have a large amount of independence, at then end of the day, still have to answer to them.
They didn't "sell the rights" - they gave control of the brand to them, which incidentally, certainly didn't happen as early as 1998, either (Third Strike didn't come out until '99), It was only a few years ago, as Japan was still in control of the IP up until at LEAST Fighting Jam.
Now Street Fighter 4 is being produced by Capcom USA, but unlike Capcom Japan, they don't have much in the way of internal development studios, so they outsource a whole lot of development (which is what they have done with Bionic Commando, and Commando 3, which they are also producing, and of course elements of SSFIITHD are being outsourced, too).
If we are lucky, they have outsourced to a Japanese developer with experience in the genre (rumour is it's Arc System Works or Dimps - It wouldn't surprise me), and managed to get Akiman to work on it (who left Capcom to go freelance a few years ago) - he's been worked on a lot of the designs in SF games except the first, and the look of Ryu in that CGI trailer is very reminiscent of a piece of art he did a few years back
, they could do worse than get him to at least come up with the concept work.
Hopefully, they've looked back at recent modern sequels to old games and learned from the mistakes of titles like Final Fight Streetwise.
Aside from ports and localisations, Capcom USA have only been responsible for one "original" Street Fighter title - outsourced to a US developer, was at one point almost going to be Street Fighter III, thankfully the Japanese side seeing sense and vetoing that idea, and by the end of production all but turning their back on it like it didn't happen.
I think anyone with a brain in their head knows which game that was, and what a shambling disaster it was - And this is the story of the man who helped design it
Unlike STTM, though I'd think SF4 will be far too big a deal for Capcom Japan to ignore if it's production is going to shit.