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Chun-Li, Juri, Cammy and gang head to the beach; Udon Entertainment's San Diego Comic-Con exclusive book covers

It's the first day of San Diego Comic-Con! And the folks over at Udon Entertainment are all stocked up on convention-exclusive items over at their booth (#4592) at SDCC.

Of particular interest are the special Comic-Con exclusive hard cover editions of three of Udon's Street Fighter comic books -- Street Fighter 4: Wages of Sin, Street Fighter Classic Vol.2, and Street Fighter Classic Vol.3.

Not only do these oversized hard cover format books come with brand new dust jacket illustrations by James Ghio, but each book contains hidden beach images from Arnold Tsang inside.

Take a look at the Street Fighter character beach images and SDCC covers below. And don't forget to check out Udon Entertainment's post on what other items you can expect to find at their SDCC booth.


[PSN/XBL sale] Get Marvel vs. Capcom Origins for $3.75; discounts on Injustice, Killer Instinct Ultra Edition, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

The PlayStation Network and Xbox Live digital game stores are holding two completely disparate fire sales at the moment (the PSN one has a superhero theme, while the Xbox Live marketplace sale is a run-of-the-mill Deals with Gold sale), offering discounts of up to 75% on select titles.

Yet, coincidentally, when it comes to fighting games, the very same titles -- Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, Injustice, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe -- are getting similar steep discounts whichever platform it is you are on. The sole exception being Killer Instinct: Ultra Edition, of course, which is an Xbox One exclusive.

That's certainly good news if you're a fighting game fan who owns only one of the two leading consoles in the market. Regardless of which side you pledge your allegiance to, you can pick up any of these fighting games you've missed for less than the price of dinner at a nice place.

For instance: US$3.75 for Marvel vs. Capcom Origins on the PS3? That's 25% of the original price! Grab it before Disney asks for the game to be taken off the store!

Street Fighter X Tekken becomes Servbot X Tron Bonne?! Amazing fan mod shows everybody's favourite robot pilot cross the line

If you thought that Tron Bonne was relegated to Marvel vs. Capcom titles for fighting game appearances, think again. Thanks to the ever-amazing Street Fighter X Tekken modding community, Tron Bonne and Servbot can now both be played in the PC version of Street Fighter X Tekken.

This also uses a character addition function to expand the roster in the game, letting you add more character slots onto the game. For more details, you can check the source for the new characters at the bbbSFXT DeviantArt page.

For the video showing the lady in action, look no further than right below.

IFC Yipes no longer a part of Empire Arcadia

In a tweet sent out mere minutes ago, IFC Yipes announced that he is no longer part of the New York-based fighting game team Empire Arcadia.

This comes very shortly after another former EMP player, Sanford Kelly, announced his departure, signing a sponsorship deal with Steam Co.

As of yet, there has been no word of IFC Yipes signing with a new team or sponsor.

Image source: IGN.com.

Tekken's Katsuhiro Harada making an announcement right before EVO 2014 USF4 Finals; Yoshinori Ono will be present

Yesterday on the SrkEVO2 stream, it was mentioned that Tekken Project development team leader Katsuhiro Harada would be making an announcement on EVO Sunday.

The impending announcement was confirmed later in the day, when Harada himself tweeted an image of the updated EVO Sunday schedule, along with a message reminding members of the Tekken community (specifically Tekken) to take note.


Niitsuma would like to be a part of a Capcom vs. Capcom game if it happens, says curtain is closing on UMvC3

It appears the curtain is about to officially close on the future development of anything related to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

The game's producer, Ryota Niitsuma, spoke for awhile on Twitter recently talking about his hopes to be involved with a Capcom vs. Capcom title if it were to happen, and the fact that the "curtain is closing on UMvC3."

Someone wondered if the curtain had been closed awhile ago, but Niitsuma said that it wasn't completely closed, and these things take time.

Niitsuma also mentioned that they're not working on Capcom vs. SNK 3 at this moment, nor Rival Schools 3. You can find the complete rundown below.

Guy was 'Gay' in the early days of Final Fight development, replaced Cody as the star in 'Final Fight Guy', and more trivia from Did You Know Gaming

Capcom's Final Fight series takes the spotlight in the latest episode of VGFacts's weekly YouTube video series Did You Know Gaming.

The Final Fight DYKG starts off fairly mild, covering the fairly well-known story behind Final Fight's development as well as the reasons that led to Poison's gender differences in the Japanese and International versions of Final Fight and Street Fighter games. But at some point the episode ramps up and shifts gears, taking us into lesser-known-trivia territory.

Did you know, for instance, that Guy's name was spelled as "Gay" at one point? Or that there's actually a version of Final Fight entitled "Final Fight Guy" where everyone's favourite sneakers-wearing modern-day ninja actually replaces Cody as the protagonist of the game?

What about Sodom being renamed as "Katana" in certain versions of Final Fight and Street Fighter Alpha 2?

CEO 2014 results, stream archive, battle logs ft. Justin Wong, Ryan Hart, Infiltration, PR Balrog, Momochi, Dieminion, K-Brad, ChrisG, Armada and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results for CEO 2014.

The time is finally here for some more rumbling in the ring, with the massive Capcom Pro Tour premier event CEO 2014 taking place in Orlando, Florida.

Names expected to be present at the event include EG|Justin Wong, DIG|Ryan Hart, Infiltration, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Momochi, EMP|Dieminion, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricky Ortiz, GG|NYChrisG, EMP|IFC Yipes, C9|Mango, EMP|Armada, Crs|Hungrybox, EG|ChocoBlanka and many more.

The event also features special guests Akimo, Nishikin and Dunhill from Japan, who have been flown out to the tournament by Twitch.tv.

Games to be played at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Injustice: Gods Among Us, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5, Project M, Persona 4: Arena, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and DiveKick.

Below, you'll find livestreams and a schedule for the event.

47.41% of Capcom's board approved the renewal of takeover defense counter-measures; Capcom expected to re-propose the plan next year

Japanese news portal Business Journal has published a report that sheds a little more light on the Capcom board's rejection of Takeover Defense Plan at the company's general shareholders' meeting recently.

According to the report, 47.41% of the board were in favour of renewing the plan, down from 58.92% at the general meeting held on June 2012.

Business Journal considers this an anomaly, especially since 45.08% of Capcom's stock is currently held by foreign investors outside of Japan. This figure has increased by more than 10% since 2012.

So what caused the Capcom board to reject the renewal of takeover defense counter-measures?

Darkstalkers are not dead! They, along with Megaman X and Breath of Fire, are here to grace your iPhone cover

Settle down, boys and girls! Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano has some great news about the Darkstalkers series to tell you about.

"It's been about a year since Darkstalkers Resurrection was released," Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano writes in his latest post on the Saikyo X Kobusi blog.

"So I'm truly pleased, as a Darkstalkers fan myself, to be able to tell you about some new information on the Darkstalkers franchise today.

"And that is: The All-Capcom Titles Original Smartphone Cover Fan-vote Project," Ayano enthuses.

Morrigan strikes a pose with new statue from Capcom - vote for which color you'd like to see in limited edition release

Capcom has a new statue in the works for one of their most popular fighting game characters, Morrigan Aensland.

Below you'll find images of the new figurine, along with some alternative color schemes you can vote on here. The alternative color of choice will be used as the limited edition model, the winner will be announced on July 4th.

If you want to pre-order the original color scheme, it'll set you back 9,936 yen, or about $97 USD. Check out all of the images below, along with the artwork this statue was based on.

Mr. Street Fighter himself discusses matches vs. Daigo, John Choi & more - Alex Valle Spring Fighter sit down covers his FGC history

If you played Street Fighter back in the Alpha days and followed the competitive scene at all, you knew Alex Valle.

One of the most successful and storied Street Fighter players ever, Level|Up's Alex Valle sat down with Seth Killian at Spring Fighter 2014 to discuss some of his most high profile match ups through the years, including the rivalry with John Choi, and his Alpha 3 championship set against Daigo Umehara.

Valle is one of the most influential people in the FGC's entire history, and on a personal level, he's one of the individuals who helped inspire me to start EventHubs.

Uncle Valle demonstrated how incredibly competitive and deep these games could be, and to this very day he's ushering in a new generation of players, teaching and providing them with a place to improve at Wednesday Night Fights.

When you can spare the time, I'd highly recommend watching this discussion. It's a long one, clocking in at one hour and 43 minutes, but it covers many of the origins of this scene we all have so much passion for.

So sit back and grab some popcorn and beverage of choice, and enjoy the show. There are some really terrific stories told here.

Capcom press statement on Street Fighter 5: pay-to-win comments were never made, title not yet officially announced

Following the clarifications made by Capcom's Yoshinori Ono on Twitter yesterday, Capcom president and COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto has released today an official statement on the company's investor relations site refuting the claims made in Sponichi Annex's report.

According to the press release, during the press interview Tsujimoto did not make "any comments on adjusting [the] strength of characters in the game" by means of a pay system.

The statement also says that Capcom has not officially announced any details regarding a "Street Fighter 5", including the title of the game itself -- although Yoshinori Ono's tweets yesterday have revealed that a sequel to the hit fighting game is currently in "early planning stages".

Lilith from DarkStalkers, at one point, was going to either be male or an hermaphrodite - Capcom Densetsu article talks about the close shave

There used to be a Capcom Unity in Japan. It was called, simply, "Capcom Unity Japan".

But that's no longer the case. Capcom Unity Japan has since been converted from a web page to a Facebook fan page.

At some point, the Facebook fan page was renamed "My Capcom", and shared articles from a "My Capcom" official blog -- which served as the new Capcom Unity Japan.

Over on the My Capcom official blog, the site has been running a series of articles entitled "Capcom Densetsu" (Capcom Legends", that delves into the backstories on all your favourite Capcom franchises.

The latest entry is about the DarkStalkers storyline (actually so far, all of the columns have been about Darkstalkers) -- specifically, about Demitri's fight with Belial Aensland 100 years before the start of the first DarkStalkers game.

That's fairly compelling stuff, if you're a DarkStalkers fan.

But ultimately what caught our eye -- and the reason why you've bothered reading this far -- is the tiny bit of trivia that was mentioned near the end of this latest Capcom Densetsu article.

"(In DarkStalkers 3) ...At one point, the development staff was thinking to make Lilith a 'male daughter' (男の娘, which in Japanese is used to describe guys who dressed as if they were gals) as Lilith was designed as a character who would complement Morrigan."

Hit the jump to see proof of this.

Capcom wants sequels to major franchises every 1.5 years, goal is to make the cycle even shorter

If you're thinking it might be awhile before you see some sequels to major Capcom franchises announced — you might want to think again.

Back in December 2010, Capcom USA's former senior VP of planning and business development, Christian Svensson, talked about how games require a lot of time to develop.

"It takes years to make a game (that's multiple years)," Svensson said at the time, concerning why Capcom didn't have more titles in the pipe, but it appears the company is trying to shorten the gap between products now.

In a recent statement to investors, Capcom queried themselves on what the development framework is like for creating sequels to major franchises.

"We have about 30 key developers and are able to deploy the required personnel at the required times as needed," they wrote. Continues after the break.


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