The gem that never was - Get a glimpse of Capcom Fighting All-Stars through this promotional art, character select art, screenshots and more

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • August 4, 2016 at 9:21 a.m. PDT

Back in the early 2000s, Capcom were planning a fighting game bringing together various fighting characters into one game. This game was, at the time, known as Capcom Fighting All-Stars: Code Holder.


While this game never saw the light of day as a final product, some aspects of it have survived throughout the years - for example, the character Ingrid was created for this game, and later included in other Capcom titles such as Capcom Fighting Evolution and Street Fighter Alpha 3: MAX. Here's some promotional artwork of the game.

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Continue below for some more images related to this never-released game.
While the roster was mostly comprised of characters from Street Fighter, Final Fight and Rival Schools, they also had a few original characters (besides Ingrid herself, even). In fact, these characters have even received profiles on the CFN Portal, so you'll be seeing translated versions of them on our site in the near future.

Below, you can see a bunch of emblems representing D.D., Rook, Ingrid and the mysterious Death, who were the original characters made for this crossover.

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As for characters set to appear in the game, you can see a bunch of character selection artwork below to get a feeling for what the game would look like, artstyle-wise.

It's also worth noting that two whited out slots are present on this character select screen - presumably, one of them would be for Death, who seemed to be something of a boss character, but who was the other unknown participant... ?

Expanding the images on Capcom's site shows that not only Death, but Street Fighter's big baddie Akuma as well as the main character of the sinister Darkstalkers series, Demitri, were planned to be in.

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The game was also planned to have some story mode involvement, with a few images included below. Could the person calling Haggar perhaps be the mysterious "Death"?

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If you're curious as to what the game itself looked like, it was actually somewhat similar to the King of Fighters spinoffs called "Maximum Impact", using 3D models rather than the traditional spritework Capcom fighting games were known for at the time.

The game was actually far enough in development to have had location tests, so you can see it looks fairly playable from the images below.

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What could have become of this game if it were actually released? Would it have been fondly remembered, like other jewels of its era such as Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Capcom vs. SNK 2? Or would it be a disappointment, better left forgotten? I guess we'll never know.

But let us know in the comments what you liked or disliked about what you can see of this game - who knows, maybe it'll resurface in some fashion in the future...

Image sources: CFN Portal 1, CFN Portal 2.
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