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Monster Hunter, Devil May Cry and other Capcom series have big adaptations in the works so why isn't Street Fighter receiving the same recognition?

One of the company's big three seems to be sitting on the sidelines

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • October 15, 2020 at 12:02 p.m. PDT • Comments: 54

Capcom owns arguably the most iconic roster of characters and series in the video game industry outside of Nintendo, so it's no surprise the company would want to branch out their properties into new adaptations even more right now.

Monster Hunter is receiving its first feature film, Resident Evil has multiple projects in the works and even Dragon's Dogma got an anime, but there's one top-selling franchise that's been left out in the cold for quite a few years now: Street Fighter.

The flagship fighting game title is Capcom's third-best selling IP at over 45 million games sold to date though Street Fighter hasn't seen an adaptation in video form since 2016's Resurrection web series as a follow-up to Assassin's Fist, which the publisher had seemingly not much to do with for production.

This was around the same time Resident Evil: The Final Chapter roped in over $300 million at the box office.

Since that point, other Capcom properties began being picked up for other film and TV opportunities including even Mega Man receiving a children's cartoon called Fully Charged that only lasted one season.

Devil May Cry has a Netflix anime in production following the success of Konami's Castlevania series though Dragon's Dogma beat it out the gate with a CG series this summer.

Resident Evil now also has a Netflix series being worked on along with a full reboot of the film franchise all the while Street Fighter continues to sit on the bench — or has it?

There was a sequel series to Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist being worked on for years looking to expand in scope and production value titled World Warrior, but all plans for it came crashing down earlier this year.

Filmmaker and actor for Akuma in the series Joey Ansah announced the disappointing news back in February that the deal they had reached with a production studio ended because they couldn't find a network to pick it up in time.

"Do not expect a follow up series anytime in the immediate to near future," wrote Ansah in the announcement. "Horrible news I know, but all we can do is look forward. I still have a fantastic relationship with Capcom and the fight to do something with them in this space is not over!"

With that project canned, there's no other public works we know about at this time which is a shame given the 30 years of history and lore Street Fighter built.

The franchise has many stories to tell that could be awesome to see put in motion from Alpha to SF3 though that likely won't come to fruition anytime soon.

Udon's long-running comic series also contains great arcs that could be shared with even more people and fans through an animated series that Street Fighter deserves as the originator of the fighting game craze.

It's odd to see Capcom push a property like Dragon's Dogma that only has one game to its name so far while Street Fighter remains dormant on that front.

Some could argue, however, that maybe it's ultimately a good thing that Street Fighter isn't subject to those adaptations because they have a history of being pretty bad as we saw last with possibly the worst film I've watched in The Legend of Chun-Li.

Hell, the same could be said for most of Capcom's film and TV series up to this point although the '90s live action movie did make the developer a ton of money.

Outside of the now hilarious TV cartoon show, however, Street Fighter has produced some decent animated films between Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie through SF4: The Ties That Bind.

A series based around martial arts action with decades of stories to pull from and an expansive roster of characters sounds like it'd be a no-brainer success if done right which we actually saw earlier this year with another fighting game franchise.

Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge released earlier this year as a new adaptation of the original game's storyline which received mostly positive reviews and did so well that it even surprised series co-creator Ed Boon.

"That animated movie did amazing, and it's really cool to see Mortal Kombat in these different forms of media," said Boon during a recent New York Comic Con interview.

Anyone who's touched the series probably already knows that Street Fighter has all of the ingredients to make a successful recipe. Now we need creators who want to work on it and bring it to life in new ways.

With four out of five of Capcom's best-selling video games seeing on-screen action in very recent times, Street Fighter is long overdue for a good adaptation.

Another film probably wouldn't do the series justice, but it'd be great to see it as an animated series on Netflix in the same vein as what they're currently doing with Devil May Cry, Dragon's Dogma and Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness.

It's perfectly reasonable to be concerned about them making one too, but look at it this way. It'd be really hard to be worse than The Legend of Chun-Li.

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