Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is delayed until Fall 2018 in Japan, releasing under a slightly different title

Will be called Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection International in Japan

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 30, 2018 at 8 p.m. PDT

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection released yesterday, May 29th, in most territories around the world, but those wishing to play the classic games on the latest consoles will have to wait a while longer in Capcom's home country of Japan.

The publisher announced back in March that the collection would be delayed in Japan from its original release date to a "to-be-announced" point in time that they have now made a little more specific.

The longtime Street Fighter producer Tomoaki Ayano made a post on the company's official website stating that they are looking to launch the title in Japan in Fall 2018 under the name Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection International.

"We apologize for the trouble this may have caused to those of you who were looking forward to it," said Ayano in the post according to Siliconera. "But please wait a little longer for additional new information besides the release period."

When the game was announced in December 2017, it was revealed that the 30th Anniversary Collection would only feature the English versions of the classic Street Fighter titles meaning there would be no Japanese versions, titles, texts or voices. Fans in the region reportedly weren't too happy with the decision according to a report from Siliconera

Hideki Kamiya of Platinum Games and formerly of Capcom reportedly voiced his displeasure on Twitter stating that move was "lazy" and "nothing but a quick cash grab by Capcom" though he did later say that he would buy the collection after the Japanese version was announced.

There are a number of changes in the Street Fighter series between regions with the most notable that have carried over to present times being the character names. As many already know, the evil dictator first introduced in Street Fighter 2 is called M. Bison internationally, but named Vega in Japan. The boxer most of us know as Balrog is called M. Bison in Japan, and the Spanish fighter wielding a claw is called Vega here but Balrog in Japan.

The games that many of us know as the Street Fighter Alpha series is actually called Street Fighter Zero in Japan. The character we knew as Charlie was always known as Nash in Japan and Akuma is named Gouki in his native land.

Capcom has not detailed how exactly the "International" version of the title will differ from the one already available in other regions though they have said they have received the feedback and demand from fans and that they delayed the game to best fulfill their wishes.

In our review of the collection, we feel that its going to be a great shot in the arm for these older Street Fighter titles, but those looking for a long term resurrection of these classic games might have their hopes set too high.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is now available in most regions for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam including 12 classic Street Fighter titles ranging from the original title to Third Strike.

Sources: Siliconera, Capcom

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