Street Fighter 4: Information on PC release delay and more

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • September 9, 2008 at 4:21 p.m. PDT
Street Fighter 4: Information on PC release delay and more Capcom is burning up their message boards again, this time responding to questions about the delayed PC release of Street Fighter 4, the soundtrack and the collector's edition of the game.

Here's the full scoop:
I know that SF4 is being designed on the PC, so why is it coming out last?

Sven: There's a few reasons:

The vast majority of revenue comes from the console versions, so they take priority. From a managing our business stand point, we aren't going to hold them back to wait for the PC to be ready.

PC requires optimizations for dozens of different possible configurations (the arcade unit, while a PC, has one specific configuration to test and optimize for...).

Compatibility testing across all of this hardware takes a long time.

Online integration is separate and different from the console versions, requires different and additional testing.

Addressing the technical requirement needs for Games for Windows certification takes time, as does submission for approvals for the program (similar to a console submission in time required but less rigorous). Etc.

In our ideal world of worlds, they would be simultaneous. As it is, we're going to keep them as close together as possible. Exactly what that means in terms of a gap, it's not certain yet.

Street Fighter IV Soundtrack, are we going to see it available?

Sven: I don't know for sure but I suspect the soundtrack will be made available in some way shape or form (either iTunes or something else music most likely... or both). We're increasingly doing that with new titles.

From what I understand pre-orders of the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions of Street Fighter IV on that offer a Street Fighter art book as a bonus. Will the PC version get this at all? If not, is there any chance it might be sold separately?

Sven: It's highly unlikely there will be a collector's edition for PC. The retail numbers simply aren't high enough to justify it.

I don't know for certain (as we're focused initially on the console version that will ship some time ahead of the PC), I suspect it won't be sold separately, as that's part of what makes it desirable as a collector's item.

What type of artbook is it? The Street Fighter Tribute book done by Udon or the SF IV Official Artbook?

Seth: I don't believe it has been produced yet, but it will be closer to your second option than your first.
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