Street Fighter IV Launch Date Announced
We saw leaked screenshots. We were treated to the first video coverage. We found out that the original eight were back and then we saw them in action. All this said, the biggest part missing from the Street Fighter IV picture was a launch date. And now we have that too.
Word has come out of the AOU Fair in Japan that Street Fighter IV will be arriving in arcades as early as this July, granting fighting game fans the chance to shoot out hadoukens and destroy their opponents with screw piledrivers all over again. Better still, if you head out to Plaza Capcom in Tokyo, you’ll be able to play Street Fighter IV starting this Friday and the machine will stay there until February 24th. The arcade console will then be removed and you’ll have to wait a few more months to get your hands on the final version.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the initial launch will be Japan only with arcades ordering both the Street Fighter IV game board and its Taito VEWLIX cabinet receiving their delivery in late July. Arcades ordering just the game board will have to wait until mid-August. Again, this is for Japan only and Capcom has made no indication as to when Street Fighter IV will arrive on North American shores, nor have they made any mention of a launch date on the PS3 or Xbox 360.