"Hadouken Cabs"…? What the Hell Is Sony Up To?
Sony’s been dropping this odd viral caveat off at different gaming junkets, and I’m just damned stumped trying to figure what it’s really for.
The mock ad features “Hadouken Cabs,” a taxi company that’s apparently been “knocking the competition out since 1987.” The 30 second spot is, obviously, filled to the brim with Street Fighter references, an allusion to the original PlayStation’s launch year, and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it flash of the DualShock 4.
What in the hell is Sony — and, guilty by association, Capcom — teasing? Something Street Fighter; something PS4. Well, it must be that the upcoming re-re-re-release Ultra Street Fighter IV is also on its way to the next-gen…
Except Capcom’s own Yoshinori Ono, the man who perpetually carries Blanka in his pocket, says there aren’t enough resources to port Ultra to the next-gen. Maybe Ono’s being sly. But would this face lie to you?
That can only mean, then, that Street Fighter V is a PlayStation 4 exclusive!
Except… Producer Tomoaki Ayano very recently stated SFV likely won’t be ready for the public until 20-goddamn-18. Like a dodged hadouken, that dream flies off-screen.
Unless a Mishima Airlines commercial is uploaded next week, this ad alone doesn’t point too firmly to Tekken X Street Fighter, which has been suspiciously quiet for suspiciously long. The mystery stands and we’re left to anxiously ponder. Which is exactly what they want, man.
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Ultra Street Fighter IV: Adds Five New Challengers, Six New Stages
Headlong into the virtual slobberknocker arena of Evo 2013, Capcom announced at their panel fightstick veterans can look forward to yet another hefty update to Street Fighter IV; yes, that’s four whole years after its initial console release.
The PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 versions of the game will see the DLC update at $15 or paired up in a new $39.99 retail package featuring all previous updates, characters, and costumes, both set for release sometime next year. In addition to a laundry list of fixes and balances, five characters will join the roster — including series familiars Elena, Hugo, Poison, and Rolento along with an unannounced brawler making their Street Fighter debut — and will also feature six new stages for players to embarrass their foes on.
This spot will be updated with an official trailer once it releases tomorrow which also promises to reveal the upgrade’s name. Sorry to spoil the surprise but I’m guessing this “Hyper Street Fighter IV" logo making the rounds is no longer purely coincidence.
UPDATE: Close but no Sagat, as they say. 2014’s upgrade to SFIV is not Hyper, it’s Ultra. As promised, here’s your first glimpse at Ultra Street Fighter IV. Will Street Fighter IV trump Street Fighter II as the most re-released fighting game in Capcom’s catalogue? Ask me in about a dozen or more versions.
What’s Up With Tekken X Street Fighter?
We’re approaching the year mark since the Capcom developed Street Fighter X Tekken released unto the fighting game scene. Critics loved it, I was quite fond of it, but the community itself chewed it up and spit it out like spoiled milk. More than a bit of that could’ve been inspired by Capcom’s eyebrow suspending business practices, but you’ll find most serious fighting players simply dismiss SFxT as “broken.”
Namco faired better in the FGC last year, however, having released the universally praised Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Its success left many wondering what’s shaking on the other side of the crossover fence, Tekken X Street Fighter — where Capcom’s champs would fight Namco’s regulars on Tekken's groundwork.
Well, the advent of next-gen consoles just may have pushed Tekken X Street Fighter back some until Namco can figure out whether or not the title should be multi-generational. Longtime Tekken producer and face of the franchise, Katsuhiro Harada, took to Twitter to enlighten a fan on the game’s progress, saying it was still “under development” and that his team was “changing [and] considering platform strategy.”
The news is slighter than the sound of a quarter rattling in an arcade cabinet, yet it’s the most we’ve heard regarding Tekken X Street Fighter in months. The original Tekken Tag Tournament was a flagship launch title for the PlayStation 2 over a decade ago, so it isn’t hard to imagine Namco would want the same for its crossover fighter during the PS4’s launch window. Hopefully that means we’ll actually get to see footage of the illustrious title sooner rather than never.