It seems that Street Fighter II–via Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers for the Nintendo Switch–isn’t the only classic Street Fighter series that’s getting an updated re-release. according to a new leak, we may be getting a new collection featuring fan favorites Street Fighter Alpha 2 and Street Fighter Alpha 3.
Both Street Fighter Alpha 2 and Street Fighter Alpha 3 (or Zero 2 and Zero 3 in Japan) saw a significant tournament play back in the late ’90s–and even to this day. The differences between both games (Alpha 2 is more more neutral heavy, while Alpha 3 emphasizes offense and combo execution more) were enough that one never really supplanted the other. Both games also helped solidify the Japan vs. USA rivalry, Alpha 2 being one of the games where the US was seen as more dominant, while Alpha 3 being the game where Daigo Umehara first made his mark in the US with some now-legendary tournament sets against Alex Valle.
Despite the competitive legacy built around both of these fighters, however, there has never been an updated, online-enabled reissue of either game–that is, until now. Based on a post in our own forums, it seems that Capcom may be bringing both games back to modern consoles.
Dubbed Street Fighter Alpha: Competitive Collection (or SFA:CC for short–with “CC” probably being a reference to the Custom Combos that the series pioneered), this new collection looks to be an online-enabled remaster of both games, in the same vein as Darkstalkers: Resurrection, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Origins from the last console generation.
Similar to both of those remasters, this new collection–if it is real–is said to be aiming to be as arcade-perfect as as possible; yet it still seems that the Alpha 3 component of the Competitive Collection will include the console-expanded character roster of Street Fighter Alpha 3: MAX, for the Sony PSP portable–which would prove a good basis to build a remaster on, though the additional characters from MAX are not yet visible in the screenshots provided. It is unclear what console-exclusive modes will make it into this release–World Tour is visible in the screenshots below, but Dramatic Battle may be missing, or may need an unlock.
As for the legitimacy of leak itself, aside from a few notes mentioned above it primarily consists of what seem to be direct screen captures from the game running on a PlayStation 4, also including some off-the-screen photos of the game running. That said, we’ll have to wait for official confirmation to be sure; meanwhile, check these screens and photos out for yourself in the gallery below.
[CORRECTION: It seems the roster displayed in the screenshot above is indeed accurate: the character selection for SFA3 will actually match the lineup of the PSone/Dreamcast port of the title, with the arcade characters and Dolls Juni and Juli selectable. With World Tour being included, this may indicate that this version is based on one of those ports–but that is not yet known. – Editor]
[UPDATE: the forum post where this information originated has since been deleted.]
Editor’s note: sorry, we lied. Happy April Fool’s Day!
Source: SRK forums