Capcom decided to finally give fans exactly what they've always wanted: an anthology pack for Street Fighter. This isn't just any old compilation pack, this is the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, and it comes jam packed with 12 fully playable games. Take a look:
The trailer starts with a passionate retrospective of the Street Fighter franchise from famed eSports commentator, James Chen. He explains how before Street Fighter the standard measure of arcade competition was in score. It's true, most players battled it out to get the highest score and have their initials etched into the digital history books on that machine's leaderboards.
However, as Chen explains, the arcade phenomenon expanded and exploded in popularity when competitive games like Street Fighter became the norm and set an all new standard of what gamers came to expect from one-on-one competitive gaming.
After waxing poetic for Capcom's famed fighting franchise, the trailer then transitions into showcasing the iconic imagery that has had lasting effects on the gaming industry for the last 30 years. Cue the goosebumps with Ken's legendary theme song, and you have a frenetic smoothie of sublime history coming to life.
Capcom's Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection contains everything you see in the trailer, including 12 fully featured games: Street Fighter, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact and Street Fighter III: Third Strike.
Four of the games will also be revamped with support for online multiplayer, including casual, free-play and ranked matches, completely with the latest in netcode technology and lobby support. Capcom will also be including globally ranked leaderboards.
The game will feature 60 playable characters, a multitude of stages, never-before-seen concept art from the design phase of the various Street Fighter titles, and even the entire Street Fighter soundtrack from each of the included games complete with an in-game music player.
This is basically the dream anthology come true for hardcore fans of the fighting game series. You really couldn't ask for more.
Capcom actually seems to be listening to fans lately, because the news of the new Street Fighter anthology follows closely on the heels of the Mega Man collection. This also accompanies the news that Street Fighter V owners can look forward to all new Season 3 content to get underway starting early January, which was outlined during this year's Capcom Cup finals. So, if you're fan of the series or a fan of Capcom games, there's just tons of new content coming your way.
You can look to get your hands on the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection starting in May of 2018 for PS4, PC, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch.