The Street Fighter series is one of the most iconic fighting game franchises in the world. It's come a long way since its arcade debut in 1987, adding a number of playable characters, special moves and other features such as 3d-style graphics, special techniques and additional game modes.
The latest entry in the series, Street Fighter V, is set to debut in early 2016 on the PlayStation 4 and PC (with cross-platform play promised between the two.) The game's opening cinematic has been released, alongside tie-in news that many Street Fighter fans will love.
The cinematic comes alongside news that a new live-action Street Fighter miniseries is in production and will tie in with the Street Fighter V release. Titled Street Fighter: Resurrection, the new series will pick up ten years after the previous live-action series Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist. It is also one of the pieces of tie-in material that sets the stage for the return of fighter Charlie Nash, whose death had been one of the key drivers of Guile's participation in the previous games. A teaser trailer was released, revealing the live-action version of Charlie in the altered form that he'll have in Street Fighter V.
Street Fighter: Resurrection will follow Ryu and Ken (played by Mike Moh and Christian Howard, reprising their roles from Assassin's Fist) as they try to discover why Charlie is attacking various Street Fighter champions. Charlie's body has been surgically altered into a cyborg form, and it's unclear if he's acting as a friend or a foe with the attacks. The miniseries will be five episodes long, and is set to air exclusively on go90 in March 2016.
Long-time fans should be excited by this news, especially if they enjoyed Assassin's Fist. The new series and the Street Fighter V tie-in comic The Life and Death(s) of Charlie Nash will both add backstory to the new game (though it remains to be seen how much of that will be in-game canon), so the Street Fighter universe is just becoming more rich. This will also provide a richer explanation as to why and how Charlie survived his in-game deaths in the Street Fighter Alpha series and came back as a cyborg, which will probably only be lightly touched on in-game.
Of course, there are some who probably didn't like Assassin's Fist or who think that the attempts at worldbuilding are just distracting away from the core purpose of the franchise: fighting. Even if you think that it's all a bit silly, you have to admit that it's not the silliest thing in the Street Fighter universe (and doesn't even come close to the Hollywood Street Fighter movies.) Even if Cyborg Charlie's backstory isn't your thing, at least you have the opening cinematic to get you excited for the game's upcoming release.
Street Fighter V is slated for release on February 16, 2016. The live-action miniseries Street Fighter: Resurrection is expected to release in March 2016, though no definite release date has been set as yet. We'll keep you updated when this changes.