Oh Capcom, you had me at “Elena.”
Good news: In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Street Fighter franchise, Capcom has revealed a dozen new fighters for the upcoming Street Fighter X Tekken.
Less good news: So far these additional pugilists have only been confirmed for the Vita version of the game, which is scheduled for release sometime this Fall.
Before I get to why this is actually not a bad thing, let’s take a look at which characters have been added. From Capcom’s Street Fighter universe we have Cody, Guy, Dudley, Blanka, Sakura and Elena. On the other hand, representing the King of Iron Fist tournament are Bryan Fury, Jack, Alisa Bosconovitch, Lei Wulong, Christie Monteiro and Lars Alexandersson.
And why are all these fighters exclusive to Sony’s new handheld? Well, I don’t actually think they are. Capcom followed the above news with this coy gem:
This news comes alongside a reminder that the console version of SFxT will receive new features and DLC over the months. Most importantly, the game you buy on March 6 will be the only disc-based version of Street Fighter X Tekken needed to access these updates.
Hm. That’s a mighty suspicious thing to say, directly after mentioning how the Vita version would have way more characters than the earlier version of the game, no?
My theory is that Capcom will release the above crew as post-release DLC for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Then, similarly to Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, the eventual Vita release would be something of an “Ultimate” version of the game, which would both save Vita users the hassle of downloading all these extra characters (and thus burning through their expensive bandwidth and monopolizing the handheld’s storage options) and offer both playerbases the same group of virtual pugilists.
Well, except for those cats, that dumb jerk from inFamous and Pac-Man. Those are all still exclusive to the Vita, but nobody actually wants to play as them anyway.
Source: Capcom Unity