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Updated: 'There are no plans for Arika characters to appear in Street Fighter' - Ichiro Mihara clarifies

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • November 4, 2015 at 11:17 a.m. PST • Comments: 100

Updated at 11:17 a.m.: It looks like the previous tweets used in this story were mistranslated. Arika vice president Ichiro Mihara has since deleted the original tweets and posted more to clear up the misunderstanding. "Since people overseas are freely translating my tweet, I removed it."

He went on to say that Arika characters will not be appearing in Street Fighter. "There are no plans for Arika characters to appear in Street Fighter," Mihara clarified. "If I don't write it this clearly, people are going to keep asking Capcom, it seems."

New translations were made in-house here at EventHubs. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Earlier: Capcom is no stranger to character requests; from Alex to Geki, fans have asked for everyone under the sun to make a return in the latest Street Fighter games.

Though the Street Fighter EX series wasn't as popular as mainstream titles such as Street Fighter 3 Third Strike and Street Fighter 4, the game's original characters are asked for by fans more than you'd think. Unfortunately, Capcom hasn't been able to make their return a reality due to the rights actually belonging to a company called Arika -- the company that led the development of the 3D Street Fighter titles.

Arika vice president Ichiro Mihara took to Twitter recently to give fans a bit of insight on where things currently stand.

“Regarding Street Fighter EX, as long as we are not discussing Capcom characters (e.g. Ryu), we have the rights to our characters,” Mihara explained. “Specially interesting is that we arranged to have the priority in 3D fighting game development with Capcom after Street Fighter EX […] but it seems [the contract] wasn’t valid at the time of Street Fighter IV’s development.”
Though Capcom went a different route for Street Fighter 4 than what was planned with Arika, Mihara feels that the series producer, Yoshinori Ono, did an excellent job with the title. "I feel that game is the direct result of Ono’s effort and passion,” he said.

But EX characters could once again see the light of day, based on Mihara's final tweet on the matter.

“I guess I can put it as, possibility-wise, there is a possibility of Street Fighter EX characters making guest appearances in Capcom games, so if there’s a future in that area, look forward to that,” Mihara went on. “We plan to continue to take on the challenge of creating games in a variety of fields, so I might not be able to give a very clear point of view on copyrights, but [Arika president Akira Nishitani] is aiming for user-friendly titles, so we hope you continue to enjoy our games. I’ll fight with the lawyers (laughs).”

Capcom's director of brand marketing and eSports, Matt Dahlgren, said in an interview last month that we'll be seeing characters from "all of the different iterations" of Street Fighter in their upcoming title. Though Mihara feels that Street Fighter and Street Fighter EX are separate series, they are still technically from the same franchise.

We hope this means that EX will get representation in Street Fighter 5 down the road.

Source: Ichiro Mihara. Translated by USD over at SRK and PandaPeleador. Sent in by Santaclaus and ryuhayabusa13.
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