No More Street Fighter IV For PC
September 22, 2010
If you were holding out hope for a PC version of Capcom's Super Street Fighter IV, you'll be waiting for a long time. As it turns out, the original PC release of Street Fighter IV was pirated to Hell and back, so naturally Capcom isn't eager to offer up a sequel that would undoubtedly meet the same fate. Should sufficient DRM locks land on the developer's doorstep, however, they might reconsider. Andriasang has the news (and images of new characters coming to the arcade version of the game).
[S]eries producer Yoshinori Ono said that, due to high piracy with the PC version of the original Street Fighter IV, there are currently no plans for a PC version of Super. The PC version of the original was actually a strong seller worldwide, said Ono. However, it was also "number one in piracy." Ono actually managed to look on the bright side of the piracy issue, saying that at least the game saw wider spread because of it. However, for the sake of protecting the Street Fighter IV IP, they cannot make it so that Street Fighter is considered "free" in certain areas.
This is why we can't have nice things! Or, more diplomatically, it only makes sense not to fuel the infringement fires by throwing resources away on a product that will not make back its investment. On the bright side, at least we're spared from a version of the game crippled by lackluster DRM that negatively impacts the gameplay experience. Capcom could easily have gone for something along the lines of what Ubisoft did to the PC version of Assassin's Creed II, for instance, and nobody wants that.