TGS 2008: Feature-length Street Fighter IV anime in the works

Popularity of Street Fighter IV's promotional anime clips pushes Capcom to make a full-length version.

TOKYO--Sometimes, a marketing promotion becomes so popular that it gains a life of its own. This has proved to be the case for Street Fighter IV. As part of the promotion for the game, Capcom has been releasing short anime clips that depict what happened to the warriors after Street Fighter II. At the 2008 Tokyo Game Show, producer Yoshinori Ono revealed that the promotional clips have been such a success that a full-length version of the anime is now in production.

According to Ono, the feature-length anime is scheduled to run around 50 to 60 minutes, despite cuts in the script to shorten its length. While the anime is long enough to sell as a product of its own, Ono instead plans to tie its release with Street Fighter IV, though details haven't been decided as of yet.

Ono showed off a three-minute trailer during his stage presentation, which included scenes with Cammy walking through the woods with a group of troops, Ryu awakening to his dark side, Sakura and Chun-Li fighting together against a gang of thugs, and Crimson Viper fighting against Ryu. The anime is being created by Studio 4C, the same company that worked on the original promotion clips. The artists are also the same, with Koji Morimoto (Animatrix) as supervisor, Jirou Kanai (Steamboy) as director, Akiko Saito (Spriggan) as CGI director, and Katsumi Matsuda (Spriggan, Steamboy) as character designer.

Ono also talked about the home ports of Street Fighter IV, though much of what he unveiled has already been reported by the media. In addition to Akuma, who's already playable in the arcade version, the console versions will allow players to also control the last boss, Seth. Sakura from the Street Fighter Alpha series will also be in the game. No mention was made about whether Gouken will be playable in the home release; the character was recently unlocked as a CPU boss in the arcade version.

Ono didn't reveal any further details on additional characters, though he hinted that looking at the character-select screen layout on the TGS version should give hints to how many additional characters could be in the game. Furthermore, he added that there are still surprises to come, and some may be unveiled at the Street Fighter IV tournament preliminaries in Japan on November 3, as well as the finals on January 18.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Street Fighter IV are scheduled for release in Japan during Q1 2009. No date has yet been released for the PC version.

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33 comments
xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Awesome. I'd always want a Street Fighter anime. With this and the Resident Evil CGI movie, its gonna be fun times.

Old_Schooler_Dan
Old_Schooler_Dan

The final boss' name is "Seth." "Seth." A name any Average Joe has. A name even GameSpot users probably have. The original character roster doesn't sound promising just hearing the name "Seth," as the final boss.

ComradeCrash
ComradeCrash

Cool! I really liked that anime trailer that if comes over I will be picking up both the game and movie.

maaly81
maaly81

that anime should be nice. the game should be decent on consoles if they add more features than the arcade version without tearing it up too much

GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

What I Love To Hear! Now We Need A Berserk Season 2!

EPaul
EPaul

I knew they would make an anime

majere613
majere613

The only word that springs to mind is W00T! XD

hellslash
hellslash

Where's Dan? He'll mop the floor with Guile's brush head! Gadouken!!!

HappyBB
HappyBB

When will the PC version come out? I want it on PC! I hope it's not gonna be like Super Puzzle Fighters II HD that was reported to appear on PC, but instead a no show at all!

necronaux
necronaux

Cool. As long as it isn't the live action crap they released a few years ago.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm not really interested in SFIV, but I will sure as hell buy the anime. SFII's anime movie was awesome (I own it on DVD)!

BloodMist
BloodMist

If it's as badass as Street Fighter II was, well count me in.

Timstuff
Timstuff

Friggin' sweet! Looks like Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie will finally have a worthy successor. :)

B-bad
B-bad

Now that's Cool

Henninger
Henninger

Good i wanna c this! & Akuma's gonna b in the game thats wuts up! I can't wait 4 this game!

salleman1
salleman1

Haven't we suffered enough from the wait of this game to come to the consoles!!!

aots_twilight
aots_twilight

I almost expected it to be heading in that direction.

eetz
eetz

more characters

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

More animes based on games...oh noes!! More SFIV action..oh yes!! :D

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

Studio 4C, huh? Not bad at all. I was gonna check it out anyway but that's certainly good news.

Dark_Altron
Dark_Altron

Wow...Capcom is making a good move on making a movie around the time of this game being developed. This is what Street Fighter fans have been waiting for. All pluses for Capcom.

HUNTER-VENOM
HUNTER-VENOM

How about making Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie part 2 that's what everyone wants! did Mbison's crazy ass hit Ryu with the truck or not?? did he catch him and turn him evil?? they didn't even bring it up and they know we know about it lol while there talking about this new anime.

TheDuskwalker
TheDuskwalker

Sweet! I can't wait to see it, and buy it. I hope it's as good, or better, than Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.

omuntu
omuntu

man am getting both :D

mido321
mido321

i just cant wait for it... i w