Sony Teases a Playstation 4 Street Fighter Title

Street Fighter is coming to the Playstation 4... but in what form?

Two things you should know about me: I love Street Fighter, and I love weird things. So when Sony released this Hadouken Cabs video this morning, my brain caught on fire!

It all started with an email to vg247 that stated:

“Don’t just call a cab! Call Hadouken Cabs! Hadouken Cabs. Knocking the competition out since 1987.”

What followed was a bizarrely amazing video for a Hadouken Cabs service:

The video is packed with hidden messages that most Street Fighter fans will pick up on. The phone number for the service is 0830 1987-KO... the original Street Fighter came out on August 30th, 1987. The license plate of the cab is PS1994... the original Playstation launched in 1994 in Japan (US was in 1995). 

We already know that Ultra Street Fighter IV will be coming out on PS3, XBOX 360, and PC sometime early next year and many found the lack of a next gen announcement odd. There are a few frames in the video that show a Playstation 4 controller... so it's obvious that Street Fighter will be coming to that console in some form.

It could mean that Ultra Street Fighter IV will be hitting Playstation 4 in time for the Japanese launch next year. We also know that starting last month, Street Fighter Producer Yoshinori Ono announced on Twitter that they are hiring staff for a new next-gen fighting game.

I find it a bit too early for them to announce Street Fighter V on Playstation 4... and Hadouken Cabs encourages you to use the hashtag #4theplayers... which would indicate Street Fighter IV. Still, with Microsoft having the Killer Instinct series locked down, having Sony get some form of exclusive Street Fighter game would be a shinkuu hadouken in the next-gen fight. 

Published Nov. 8th 2013
  • Ryan Kerns
    Featured Columnist
    Actually it's just the opposite... Ono has gone on record a lot (the most recent being October 18th) that Capcom didn't have the "resources" to make another fighting game-

    This was around the time of the reports that Capcom only had $150 million in the bank. He was trying hard to get a new Darkstalkers made as well, but the Capcom execs shut it down when the XBLA release of Darkstalkers Resurrection didn't perform to expectations.

    Of course since then Monster Hunter 4 has made a crap-ton of money, Microsoft paid for exclusivity to Dead Rising 3, and it looks like Sony has some kind of exclusivity deal with Street Fighter.... most likely exclusive characters in Ultra Street Fighter IV on the PS4.... they did something similar with 3 exclusive characters on the Sony version of Street Fighter x Tekken.
  • Ryan Kerns
    Featured Columnist
    also keep in mind their last 2 major fighting games were mostly developed "out of house". Street Fighter IV was made largely by Dimps (who was founded by the creator of Street Fighter) and Marvel vs Capcom 3 was mostly developed by Eighting (the guys who did the Bloody Roar series and Naruto fighting games)

    I see this new studio in Osaka as them trying to rebuild a strong in house fighting game team. I also think it would be way too soon for them to announce whatever game that studio is doing... so this Hadouken Cab thing likely isn't linked to the new studio.
  • Ashley Gill
    Associate Editor
    I don't think #4theplayers implies SFIV, rather the PS4. I couldn't imagine them looking for devs for a new fighting game, to have it be another SFIV rehash. Then again, with Capcom you really never know.

    The fact that Capcom wants to make the game and Ono doesn't (as implied by his message) is a bit worrying.
  • Ryan Kerns
    Featured Columnist
    Hmmm Ono hinted on twitter that he's going to be at the PS4 launch event... then Capcom says they're making an Ultra Street Fighter IV announcement next week... so we should know what this is all about soon.

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