Street Fighter IV and the America Without an Arcade Scene
Posted by invizweb on November 18, 2008
By Kris Pigna, 11/16/2008 (for 1Up)
Capcom confirms the latest entry in the legendary fighting series will skip U.S. arcades.
We recently learned that Street Fighter 4 will be released February 17 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. But if you’re still wondering whether you might be able to get your hands on it at your local arcade any earlier (or even any later), the answer is no — Capcom has confirmed the game will not officially be released in U.S. arcades. We’re pretty sure everyone assumed this would be the case anyway, but hey, now we know for certain.
“At this point, it does not look like Street Fighter 4 arcade machines will officially hit the U.S. arcade market,” said Chris Kramer, senior director of communications and community for Capcom Entertainment, speaking to Edge-Online. The reason, as Kramer explained, is unsurprisingly the nearly non-existent state of U.S. arcades. “There’s not really an arcade business in the U.S. anymore. It’s sort of like an ‘amusement’ business that sometimes has arcade games in it,” he said.
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