Capcom responds to questions about Street Fighter 4

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • September 9, 2008 at 4:01 a.m. PDT
Capcom responds to questions about Street Fighter 4 Several members of the Capcom team hopped on the Capcom-Unity forums to answer some reader-submitted questions.

Here's what they had to say:
Character creation in Street Fighter 4. Would Capcom ever think about introducing something like this?

Sven: Not for Street Fighter 4, sorry. While we're embracing user created content in several projects (Age of Booty, Flock and others we can't yet talk about) for Street Fighter 4 we wanted the action to remain our between iconic characters, not cheap knock offs of celebrities, politicians, other videogame characters or dressing Ryu in silly hats and sunglasses.

What is it with the still images for the endings in SF4?

TAS: The reason the Arcade version has still frames is because the animated endings aren't completed yet, nor are you going to have many arcade players standing there to watch a 30 to 60 second animated video.

The Arcade version is meant to be quick, fast, etc., in order to make the most money possible so that more people can put more money into it as fast as possible, and having fully animated intros and endings in the arcade version would just slow that process down.

Why isn't Sean in the game?

TAS: As for Sean there are multiple reasons why he wouldn't/shouldn't be in the game...

1) He's one of the least popular characters in the entire series and it would be stupid to include him over more popular and much more requested characters like Sakura.

2) There doesn't need to be any more shoto characters at this point. We already have Ryu, Ken, Akuma, and Dan, with Gouken + Sakura being rumored for the console version. Does there really need to be seven of them? I think you'll find that more people would like to have more variety then more shotos. Example someone Elena is mid tier in terms of popularity but she's much more unique in style then a lot of other SF chars (like Sean) and for that reason she (or whoever else falls into that same grouping) should be given the chance over Sean.

3) SFIV takes place around 1994. SF3 Third Strike took place in 1999. Sean was around 16 in Third Strike, which would mean he'd be like 12 during the events of SFIV, making him way too young for SFIV in terms of the storyline/canon.

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