That’s exactly what I stammered upon seeing this the other day:
It HAS to be, right? Those characters, that music…ahhh…the memories.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to blather on about my history with Street Fighter or the middling relationship I have with Street Fighter EX 3 (the only SF EX game I’ve played), mainly because I’ve been there, done that. (Though, I will shamelessly plug our YouTube channel where you can check out the one Street Fighter EX 3 video that I made before our PS2 died.)
But there are a couple interesting things about this right and ready teaser, which was just shown at EVO 2017. The first is that the “Street Fighter” name is nowhere to be found. And neither is Capcom — the original Street Fighter EX series was collaboration between Capcom and Arika, a company that was formed in the 1990s by former Capcom employees. The game is simply called “Arika’s EX Fighting Game.” While I imagine they’ll come up with a better name (hopefully), the lack of the SF name AND characters make me think that this game won’t include any Capcom characters (Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and so on), and its roster will only be made up of new characters that were introduced just for the series, such as the ones shown – Hokuto (renamed Shirase, her childhood name), Darun Mister, Skullomania, Kairi (no relation to Sora), and Garuda (YAY!).
Stymieing any potential excitement might be the glib phrase “Playable on April Fools 2018?” that appears midway through the video. But taking to heart where the teaser was shown, and that the PS4 logo is attached, and the vaguely announced beta of the game in late 2017 (notwithstanding that hints of this game actually had been dropped a couple months ago), all sign point to yes, we’ll be seeing “Arika’s EX Fighting Game” in some form some time later this year, with a full release potentially planned for Spring 2018.
Considering that the third and last Street Fighter EX game was released in 2000, I do have to wonder why Arika thought to bring back the series now, over a decade-and-a-half later. Maybe we can chalk it up to a desire rekindle an old-school charm in fighting games, something Street Fighter EX oozes, if only through its music and mechanics. Or maybe it’s just a simple matter of timing, what with Capcom’s messy handling of Street Fighter V and the current morass surrounding Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Arika has a real chance to shine in Capcom’s wake. Yes, that last suggest that it might just be time for a new (if old) challenger to enter the fighter game arena. Whatever it is, I’ll definitely be watching.
What are your thoughts on “Arika’s EX Fighting Game?” Do you think it’ll compete with Capcom’s offerings or get swept under the rug?
Lede image (© Capcom) captured by cary