LOS ANGELES--Last July, Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono announced Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition, but cautioned fans that the downloadable Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 rerelease of the classic arcade fighter would not arrive anytime soon. After nearly a year of silence about the project, Capcom today confirmed a launch window for the game, saying it would be out this summer for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.
More than just a port of the 1999 arcade game, 3rd Strike Online will feature a revamped user interface to take advantage of the systems' HD capabilities and a handful of visual filtering options. Beyond changing the way gamers see the game as they play, 3rd Strike Online will change the way others see them play with YouTube replay sharing. Capcom is incorporating YouTube functionality into the game that will let players upload their match replays to the video streaming service "with the click of a button."
Capcom is incorporating GGPO technology for the game's online functionality, the same netcode under the hood of the Final Fight: Double Impact package released last year. The publisher has also promised unlockable rewards, but did not specify exactly what form they would take.
When it arrives, 3rd Strike will sell for $15 (1,200 Microsoft points). For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review of the Dreamcast port.