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No Super Street Fighter IV PC Thanks to Piracy

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Series producer Yoshinori Ono doesn't have plans to bring Super Street Fighter IV to the PC.

This week, Street Fighter series producer Yoshinori Ono said during an interview that there are no plans for a PC version of Super Street Fighter IV. Ono blamed piracy as the reason to avoid another PC release, claiming that Street Fighter IV on the PC was one of the top pirated games.

In a translation conducted by Andriasang, Ono put a positive spin on the piracy issue however, saying that the game saw a wide-spread release thanks to illegal distribution. Still, Capcom isn't about to hand out free games, and plans to protect its Street Fighter IP (franchise) by holding off on a PC version of the latest installment.

Still, there was some hint that the game could eventually hit the market. According to Ono, the arcade version of Super Street Fighter IV already runs on Taito's DirectX-based Type X2 arcade board, so the PC version is essentially ready (99-percent). Ono indicated that Capcom would need to implement some kind of "super" copy protection solution to keep it out of pirate hands.

Currently the original Street Fighter IV for PC is available on Steam for $29.99. To help reduce piracy, Capcom may need to abandon physical media and stick with digital distributors such as Valve's platform. However Ono said that would be unfair to PC gamers who don't have access to those digital outlets or means to purchase content online.

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    omnimodis78 , September 22, 2010 11:34 PM
    "...despite strong worldwide sales of the original non-Super release. Ono blamed piracy as the reason..." - so which one is it, strong sales or piracy?
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    eklipz330 , September 22, 2010 11:39 PM
    darkersonThats too bad. I really enjoyed the PC version of SFIV. Hopefully they figure something out and release it before it becomes irrelevant.

    dont worry, the arcade version will be released and hacked, and available for download via torrent

    it's their loss in the end. stupid logic, stupid business practices.

    i wonder when they'll realize there is no correlation between piracy and sales... NOBODY has proof that if someone is unable to pirate something, they will buy it... what retarded logic
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    chaoski , September 22, 2010 11:45 PM
    yea cause there is NO piracy on Arcades.
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  • 18 Hide
    omnimodis78 , September 22, 2010 11:34 PM
    "...despite strong worldwide sales of the original non-Super release. Ono blamed piracy as the reason..." - so which one is it, strong sales or piracy?
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    GNCD , September 22, 2010 11:34 PM
    Okaaaaaaaaaaay. I'll be playing this in the arcades.
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    bv90andy , September 22, 2010 11:35 PM
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    Ono indicated that Capcom would need to implement some kind of "super" copy protection solution to keep it out of pirate hands.


    What? like DNA fingerprinting or something?
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    Darkerson , September 22, 2010 11:35 PM
    Thats too bad. I really enjoyed the PC version of SFIV. Hopefully they figure something out and release it before it becomes irrelevant.
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    eklipz330 , September 22, 2010 11:39 PM
    darkersonThats too bad. I really enjoyed the PC version of SFIV. Hopefully they figure something out and release it before it becomes irrelevant.

    dont worry, the arcade version will be released and hacked, and available for download via torrent

    it's their loss in the end. stupid logic, stupid business practices.

    i wonder when they'll realize there is no correlation between piracy and sales... NOBODY has proof that if someone is unable to pirate something, they will buy it... what retarded logic
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    ben850 , September 22, 2010 11:39 PM
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    To help reduce piracy, Capcom may need to abandon physical media and stick with digital distributors such as Valve's platform.


    Like this has ever stopped pirates?? Psh.......
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    chaoski , September 22, 2010 11:45 PM
    yea cause there is NO piracy on Arcades.
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    EVILNOD , September 22, 2010 11:46 PM
    hmm.. if i want this game it would be either ps3 or xbox.. fallout3 dragon age are the one belongs to pc.
    therefore i dont really care
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    rhino13 , September 22, 2010 11:47 PM
    This is so sad, but I think we'll continues to see worse DRM and less games on the PC before things get better.
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    Graham_71 , September 22, 2010 11:51 PM
    eklipz330i wonder when they'll realize there is no correlation between piracy and sales... NOBODY has proof that if someone is unable to pirate something, they will buy it... what retarded logic


    so true
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    spunkymunky , September 22, 2010 11:53 PM
    Or Capcom did past sales analysis and realized that a pc port wouldn't be cost-effective. Always play the piracy card.
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    adonn78 , September 23, 2010 12:01 AM
    Can us steam users at least get a free update that adds the new characters?
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    Mousemonkey , September 23, 2010 12:05 AM
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    if they have no choice they will buy it, so u don't understand this simple but "stupid" logic?

    Pirates has killed a lot of good company, look at Sega and their Dreamcast, it was a really good console, it has really great games, but once some jackass found the "simple" way, put 3 lines of machine code to tell the system OS to just "skip this part, execute the files directly", Dreamcast's game sales totally disappeared and it ultimately killed the system. it was partly Sega's fault to let a big bug in the system software like this. but still in the end, it was killed by piracy.

    so don't give me crap like there is no connection between piracy and sales.

    The Dreamcast and Saturn before it were more victims of Sony's underhand sales tactics than piracy.
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , September 23, 2010 12:05 AM
    In other news. Super Street Fighter IV runs well on my ps3 with my hori HRAP3 PRO-SA fighting stick.
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    idlerp , September 23, 2010 12:16 AM
    mousemonkeyThe Dreamcast and Saturn before it were more victims of Sony's underhand sales tactics than piracy.


    Exactly, as soon as PS2's release date was announced, Dreamcast sales dropped like a rock in all regions. To add to that, the public and developers felt betrayed by Sega dumping support for the Saturn. Dreamcast was marked for death long before the GD-ROM boot loaders came out. In fact, they're the only thing that has kept it alive, companies are still releasing games for it.
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    joytech22 , September 23, 2010 12:17 AM
    Even if they distributed their content via steam, you can still buy the game from a shop with a CD, and it will still be protected by Steam's content protection because of the single use code.

    Well i think it works like that anyway..
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    zachary k , September 23, 2010 12:23 AM
    i wonder what other games wasn't released (or got a squeal) on PC due to piracy concerns. way to go pirates, was it worth it?
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    jdubsbooth , September 23, 2010 12:23 AM
    chick0nif they have no choice they will buy it, so u don't understand this simple but "stupid" logic? Pirates has killed a lot of good company, look at Sega and their Dreamcast, it was a really good console, it has really great games, but once some jackass found the "simple" way, put 3 lines of machine code to tell the system OS to just "skip this part, execute the files directly", Dreamcast's game sales totally disappeared and it ultimately killed the system. it was partly Sega's fault to let a big bug in the system software like this. but still in the end, it was killed by piracy. so don't give me crap like there is no connection between piracy and sales.


    I think he was implying that pirates simply won't get the game if they have to pay.
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    doron , September 23, 2010 12:26 AM
    This isn't a game worth buying, at least not for PC. Simple.
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