'The biggest challenge that Street Fighter faced was after the launch of Street Fighter 3' - Matt Dahlgren in the new 30th Anniversary SF documentary

A look over three decades of Street Fighter evolution

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • June 3, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. PDT

With the release of Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, the fighting game community is taking a special look back over the last 30 years to remember how and why it got to where it stands today.

Newer players are experiencing both the hype and salt of games previous while seasoned veterans are getting to relive the glory of some of the community's most epic memories to date.

Street Fighter has released a three part documentary to further detail the goings on (both good and bad) of the franchise's journey to present day.

This first episode focuses on earlier times as the groundwork was laid for later chapters. Matt Dhalgren, who spent nearly 10 years with Capcom, speaks on perhaps the franchise's roughest point:

"I think the biggest challenge that Street Fighter faced was after the launch of Street Fighter 3," he explains. "They pushed it into a very futuristic concept and a lot of the characters on there didn't have fighting styles that people could really resonate with. They hardcore fighting game community still embraced it.

"Some of the greatest moments in fighting game history come from Street Fighter 3, but I think that since it didn't have that original essence of The World Warrior it was difficult for that game to catch on on a mainstream level."

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