What Are The Prospects For A New Rival Schools Game?

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In a recent “Ask Capcom” video Q&A, Capcom USA VP, Christian Svensson, addressed a question from a Rival Schools fan, asking if one would see a new Rival Schools game in the future. Rival Schools is a 3D fighting title that was released by Capcom in 1997. The updated PlayStation One version in Japan had a life-sim aspect to it, which was cut from the overseas release of the game.


“I won’t speak specifically about Rival Schools,” Svensson replied, “but Seth, myself, [Street Fighter IV producer, Yoshinori] Ono-san, Michael Pattison, who’s our head of pan-western marketing, and I sat down a week ago to discuss…let’s call it our long-term road map for fighting games. The future of fighting games.”


“I think it was actually titled ‘Blue Sky’,” Seth Killian, community manager, interjected.


“Yeah, something like that,” Svensson continued. “And we had [an] extremely great ‘come to Jesus’ planning session, nothing of which I can talk about. You never know what franchises are going to show up in the next five years from us, but nothing I can talk about on Rival Schools right now; just that we’re thinking very carefully about our future fighting [???].

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