Ok, so I started writing things down in a seperate doc, and ended up filling 3 pages with the background history. I’ll spare you all that for the moment, as it is late, and just answer the questions already posted.
Ok, that was honestly pretty funny. believe it or not, we tested it like crazy. As far as I know, it is bug/crash free. if you are referring to the gameplay… well that’s another matter, which I will eventually get around to.
Well, I think you are probably being overly generous there, but while I wouldn’t say anything was “stolen” from SFTM, I do like to think that we did have a few good ideas here and there. There are some pretty interesting similarities between some of the things we did, (as well as a number of things we proposed but didn’t get in the game,) versus features that showed up in later SF games in particular. Again, I’m not taking credit for these ideas; just coincidences worth mentioning.
Well, either version being better than the other is largely subjective, but thanks anyway. In my mind, both had their own unique strengths and weaknesses compared to the other. For example, while we did share the same raw digitized footage, each group processed it in a different manner. Maybe I’m biased, but I personally feel that our character art ended up looking better, while I feel that their game played better as it is truer to the Street Fighter game play. (Funny enough, at the start of the project, I was adamant that the right way to execute the project would be to request the art from the original games so we could have the actors match each pose exactly during digitizing. Ultimately this did not come to pass and each character had an entirely new moveset for coin op. it appears as if the console team did more manual editing of the capture data to create many of the signature Street Fighter poses. I wish we would have done that too.)
As far as to why another group (Capcom out of CA office,) did the home port, I don’t know the details of the arrangement, but I’d wager that it was largely due to the fact that we were a coin op company that did not have the expertise or experience with the new 3D consoles to do the port.
Quite a large hand, honestly. I am credited as Co-Designer, Artist, and Actor. I can go into further detail later.
LOL. It seemed like such a good idea at the time! Seriously though, it was impossible to get the hollywood actors to say the real japanese wording. IMPOSSIBLE. believe me, I tried. We had an actual SSF2 on the set to demo it. We played recordings. We had the Japanese Capcom guys there coaching. We wrote it out phonetically. I believe we even had sound sessions with Japanese speaking voice actors, but in the end, you have to understand that there was a movement to Americanize the game somehow, so the English stuck. Again, I can go into that further later.
Ok, so there’s a little info. If people want more, perhaps what I’ll do is post a paragraph or two from the doc I started writing every so often.
Thanks for reading, and thanks to Shoryuken for the opportunity to come clean!