I’ll help out here and there if asked but I probably will not actively work on the guide.
Me and vasili10 have worked on things for the guide for years behind the scenes with me sending images of tons of old Gamest magazines and the like and in the process we became good friends.
We still talk, I see his side of things and I wish he would elaborate more on his decision online. I don’t agree with it entirely but as a friend I can see his view of things.
This is entirely my decision so please don’t put this one on vasili10 too. He doesn’t mind if I help out with whatever new version the guide takes on. But since I do value our friendship which is more important to me than the guide itself I will not be taking an incredibly active role in the new incarnation.
I do wonder, what is really the purpose of continuing the guide? I’m going to be a bit of a dick here but this is something that needs to be said.
Azrael (who I don’t even know like at all and no disrespect intended) has said that we can pretty much trust the English translations in Street Fighter IV and beyond. Let’s say you believe that. If you do then what’s the purpose of maintaining the guide? Read what is provided for you in English and you are fine.
Capcom themselves releases or approves SF Eternal, the WW Encyclopedia and the recent Capcom Character Encyclopedia full of mistranslations, mistakes and errors when it comes to SF characters. This is as much as they care about SF’s story for English readers and about as much as they want you to know.
I can go deeper into detail if you want but to play nice and not names, Studio Udon doesn’t want the guide around. Neither does Capcom-Unity (ask them to sticky a plot guide creation thread in the SF forum, see what happens. At best if I say it and whoever in charge over there reads this and wants to make me look stupid and sticky it, please go ahead). Most of SRK doesn’t (see me posting this in the FAN FICTION FORUM).
If you work on the guide, realize you are doing Capcom’s work for free and they do not want you to do it or endorse you in any way. You are giving up your time (and it’s a lot of time. Time which you can be writing a book, hell curing cancer) while Capcom is quite happy that you go with the shitty versions of translations they put out, Wikipedia and SF Wikis. And in the case of future games, you can trust the English translation in those games supposedly.
And this is what most people do out there in the real world nowadays. People still go around saying “Righ-you.” People are idiotic assholes for the most part who you can’t educate if you tried. If you still say Righ-you and are playing SF4/SSF4 seriously, go kill yourself you fucking moron.
I’m not knocking the efforts to continue this guide. It’s a different generation from all of us that have worked on the older version back in the day. This generation may need its own guide and that’s totally fine. Just wanted to point out things that you may or may not be aware of so you can decide how and why you wish to proceed. Know that your back is to the wall and you will find that the majority of people involved in the community will give you zero support. If this is something that empowers you I envy that enthusiasm. If this is something that dissuades you, it’s entirely understandable. Perhaps these are all things you know but you should definitely be aware of them before you decide to give up tons of free time.
As always despite my tone I am still a huge fan of Capcom properties and characters. Know that I’ll always support fans and fan projects. If you ever need anything from me let me know and I’ll be around.