SFIV hits Japanese consoles in February

Home roster to include additional playable characters Seth, Sakura, Akuma, Gouken, Fei Long, and Dan; PC release window still TBA.

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While Capcom fighting fans will get a chance to go hands-on with the Turbo HD Remix edition of Super Street Fighter II later this month, that's just a warm-up for next year's main event: the home version release of Street Fighter IV. The publisher today gave a newly narrowed release window for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, in Japan at least. (The PC version's launch window is still to be announced.)

As reported by Dengeki, Capcom used its Grand Battle Festival at the Shinagawa Intercity Hall to reveal that Street Fighter IV would be available for Japanese consoles in February. More than a straight arcade port, the home version of the game will include a boosted roster of playable characters, including Sakura, Akuma, Gouken, Seth, and the return of vintage fighters Fei Long and Dan.

Capcom also showed off Studio 4C's long-form Street Fighter IV-related anime and showcased the project's cast of voice actors. Directed by Kouji Morimoto, whose animated short "Beyond" was included in The Animatrix, the Street Fighter IV anime will be given away as a preorder bonus for the game.

For more on Street Fighter IV, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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