Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition is now available for pre-order on Steam. The current price is $39.99 USD with a possible 10 percent discount for owners of the Original Street Fighter 4.
Here’s the question on everyone’s minds, though: Capcom, why has the PC fan base been kept waiting for this release? Why is there a lag in the release dates between the console and PC versions? Unlike the console versions of Street Fighter 4, which received the updated “Super” version of the game on April 27, 2010, the PC never received an upgrade to the “Super” edition. It has been nearly two years since the PC edition has received any sort of developer attention. Why is this, exactly?
When it became clear to PC gamers that Capcom had no intention of releasing the “Super” edition of the game, there was much speculation about the matter. Rumors quickly emerged around the net that this had something to do with a piracy issue. That is, many believed that Capcom did not want to release the “Super” edition of Street Fighter 4 on PC because of mass-pirating of the original version. I have yet to find any definitive statement from Capcom that this is true, though.
Additionally, the confirmed release of Super: Arcade Edition on Steam adds to the confusion. If Capcom is more than willing to sell the upcoming Arcade Edition, why weren’t they interested in supporting the PC gamers with the Super edition? Why is the PC’s Arcade Edition coming a month later than the console release?
The only likely possibility is simply cost-effectiveness. Capcom is a massive video game company with all kinds of influence in the world of video gaming, but we must keep in mind that even giants have limited resources. Developing multiple ports of a single game is not easy. Developers, coders, project managers and time … lots and lots of time … are all required for each release. The time it takes to develop such games must be ridiculous. Capcom has many projects in its future, such as Street Fighter X Tekken, and it’s constantly moving forward. If the majority of the gaming community playing street fighter exists on the consoles and not the PC, it only makes sense that the PC gamers tend to see this bit of lag between releases.
Is this fair? Perhaps not. It does have the negative effect of making PC gamers feel alienated from the rest of the Street Fighter 4 community. We can only hope that, like Arcade Edition, future releases of Capcom games headed for the PC will at least be released and updated very close to the console’s game editions.