Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition Is Capcom USA’s Highest Budget Digital Title

By Ishaan . May 8, 2011 . 5:33pm

In a recent “Ask Capcom” video Q&A, Capcom USA’s VP, Christian Svensson, and community manager, Seth Killian, addressed questions from fans about Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition. You can find the relevant quotes below:


Sven: You will be deluged with information in about four weeks.


Seth: I think you’re gonna be very, very happy. If you like 3rd Strike, you’ve got nowhere to go but way, way up with this version.


Sven: I’m really excited for it. I hope you guys are half as excited as I am.


Seth: Yeah. We’re pretty juiced. It’s one of those things you sorta have hopes for and you hope it’s gonna turn out a certain way…and then it did.


Sven: Yes, it did.


Seth: I always liken that to that Mad Catz Street Fighter stick. [There was a] vision. “This is what we want it to be; we want it to be really good.” And then it was. And everyone liked it! So that’s kinda how I feel, game-wise, about Street Fighter III Online Edition. It’s exactly what we had [???]. i hope everyone agrees.




Sven: When I look at Street Fighter III, Street Fighter III is currently our highest budget — at least out of this office — the highest budget digital title we’ve done. It’s higher than [Super Street Fighter II Turbo] HD Remix.


We’re trying to raise the bar in a number of ways, no matter what, every time; unless it’s a straight opportunistic play, we’re trying to raise the bar not just for Capcom, but for sort of the sector.




Sven: Somebody’s asking, “A higher budget than HD Remix, even with all the new sprites [for that game]?” yes, Street Fighter III’s budget is higher than HD Remix, even when we had to make all the new sprites for HD Remix.


No release timeframe has been announced for Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition yet. Four weeks from now is during E3, which is probably where we’ll hear more about the game.

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  • The amount of frames in this Akira of fighting games (in terms of animation) trumps HD big time. I am glad to hear time and money are being invested. … 2D Darkstalkers sequel, cough cough.

    • Guest

      Which has more frames, this, Garou Mark of the Wolves or KoF XIII?

      • neo_firenze


        Garou was working on hardware that was almost a decade old when it was released. It was a technical marvel, but no way could the Neo compete with CPS-3 in handling that many animation frames. Garou had great detailed sprites, but much less animation frames.

        KoF XIII is HD, but really doesn’t have that many frames either. It was made by a pretty small team though, SNK isn’t what it used to be.

        • Is there proof of this? Frame data please?

          Please read up on Neogeo
          bank switching before putting it down as not being able to “compete with CPS-3” Neo geo hardware was perfectly capable of what you call “fluid animation” (that’s not even a technical term).

          Also, I don’t know where you got the idea that KOFXIII had a small staff.

          • mikanko

            Most companies still making games in 2d have very small staffs, Examu, Vanillaware etc.

   SNK doesn’t seem to be flourishing and able to provide a lot of manpower behind their more recent projects.

            I’m a huge SNK fan, but it’s pretty much guaranteed they have very little budget and manpower working on their games at the moment, hence why it took so many years for XIII to come out. Also explains how XII being forced out the gate as an unfinished game in hopes of minimizing loss.

            Also, I’d second 3s has more frames than Garou. It probably has more animation frames than any 2d fighting game ever. Hence why Capcom spent so much money on it and deemed it a failure since it never took on widespread popularity beyond the hardcore Capcom fighting game crowd. I prefer Garou’s aesthetic, and it’s pretty damn close though… Similarly garnered more of a niche following, and wasn’t all that successful for SNK =/

      • I think the only other fighting game that can be compared to 3rd Strike is Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure.

        Capcom’s CPS3 team was a beast on its own league.

  • Does this means that they are redrawing the sprites?

    God, I hope that’s not the case

    • Guest

      article kinda implied it was not the case when compared to SF II HD Remix

  • This doesn’t surprise me. Net code is probably being invested heavily in to ensure the sprite work can keep up. SF3 has a ton of detailed sprites (see Makoto) and up-scaling plus making sure the game works with it is going to be a lot of work.

    That, or they got the Udon guys at a really cheap price.

  • PrinceHeir

    i’ll believe it when i see it :P

  • … Okay, I’m not too well informed with the Street Fighter series, but with the insane amount of subtitles, it’s kind of hard to keep up.

    So this is an HD remake of Fight for the Future, right?

    • This is an updated version (no idea to what extent just yet) of the third and final version of Street Fighter III. :)

      • mikanko

        It’s worth noting that they have officially said it will have no gameplay changes from the arcade build.

  • To put it bluntly, why do I foresee more #FlowchartKen players here? >_>

  • I never trust Seth Killian. Neverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

  • I love how the article uses an image from 2nd Impact.

  • I spent many hours playing this game online via 2DF.

    I’m ready to waste even more with this version.

    EDIT: Capcom MUST put the option to record online/local matches. I want to see more incredible fights just like the infamous ken vs chun-li

  • mikanko

    Considering the recent interviews with Ponder, and Seth Killian always being a “big fan of GGPO” I’m hoping that this means the game is using it, or had the engine built from the ground up to optimize similar rollback netcode like that found in supercade/Arc System works games etc..

    That said I never really got into 3S. Should all these features this version has be online options and good input latency I’ll definitely be trying to pick it up provided Skullgirls doesn’t consume my soul before it hits.

    Also hope it’s successful enough for them to entertain releasing a similar update to Vampire Savior as a digital PSN/XBLA title.

  • IceRomancer

    Better start practicing my Yang and Ibuki skills for this! :D

  • cmurph666

    Cool Beans~!

    Any word on a release date~?

  • dragoon_slayer12

    i can’t wait for it. although i’ve lost my tongue for fighters now a days, street fighter III third strike was by far my favorite fighter ever

  • Alright, let’s hope we get some balance. I always feel like Third Strike is unfair, and while that’s probs mostly me sucking, I’d like for it to feel more tight, like Super Street Fighter IV.

  • xxx128

    Now i just love 3rd strike. Its just that capcom doesnt love me, because their bloody suicide battery killed my jamma board. Thank you Capcom! Buy it again you say? ummm…no thank you.

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