While fighting game fans know they must defeat Sheng Long
to stand a chance, players in Japan will soon be able to try from the comfort of their couch. Dengeki Online
reports that Capcom plans to release the console versions of Street Fighter IV
in February 2009, with a feature-length SFIV
anime directed by Akira
animator Koji Morimoto given away as a preorder bonus.
Interestingly, while this announcement currently only pertains to Japan, it echoes an earlier report which indicated that the game and its console
hurricane kick its way to Western audiences sometime this winter, most likely alongside
the upcoming Chun-Li-focused Street Fighter film
. Could a global launch announcement be far behind?