We need a new hype train, fellers.
Let’s construct the rr tracks for the train, shall we?
1) We know that it runs on a modified version of the SFxTK engine.
2) We know what 3 of the cast looks like in 3D, thanks to Marvel. We know that art style is not dictated by existing 3D assets ((one benefit over 2D sprites) models can be reused and rendered in different engines different ways).
3) We were told that Ono was in charge, but, the poor guy is worn out. So, who is heading it now, and how might that effect things?
4) We know that the series hasn’t had a chance to expand in 14 years, and that the original cast is what? 22 or so? There’s:
Baby Bonnie Hood*
So, there should be at least 12 new characters.
Now, I have not followed much of the anime, comics, or do not know of any concept sketches from 1997 (jeez, that’s a while ago!) that might not have made it in, so who the hell will be added?
A) Darkstalkers is a play on classic movie monsters. For example, Rikuo is a play on “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” So, what gaps are missing? Well, there is no “blob” representative. There is no “gremlin” rep, nor anything close to a classic Grey Alien or something like Mars Thing from SNK. There is nothing Lovecraftian. There’s nothing representing popular cryptids, like, “El Chupacabra!” There are no dinosaurs. There are no fungussy fighters or plants.
B) There are plenty of monstrous orphaned characters from other fighters who might fit (not that I’m saying they SHOULD be in, just that they could conceivably be brought back): There’s Amingo (hey, a plant guy!), Ruby Heart (ghosts and all that) and even Son Son (turns into King Kong). Firebrand and Arthur would be welcome by me. There’s a bunch of characters from Red Earth (go Tessa!).
Care to speculate?