A fighting gamer's dream has come true as Capcom
have announced a major blockbuster announcement. The two companies have agreed to partner together for Street Fighter vs. Mortal Kombat
on Xbox Live Arcade
! While Capcom
is hard at work
at bringing Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting
to Xbox Live
has acted as an intermediary in order to bring the two companies together to the negotiating table.
Earlier this year Midway announced that they were in the process to bring Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 to Xbox Live Arcade
by the end of the year. Major problems arose
development of bringing a twitch 2d fighter to Xbox Live
; however, along with Microsoft's Xbox Live engineers
a recent major breakthrough in the network code was acheived. Because Microsoft
had a major role in the development, they owned shared rights to the network code along with Capcom
. So, Microsoft
with this networking code for the recently announced port of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
. Due to the fact that the engineering was done and would save months of development time, Midway
agreed to allow Microsoft
to comission the two companies for a versus title tentatively named Street Fighter vs. Mortal Kombat
Street Fighter vs. Mortal Kombat
, an Xbox Live Arcade
exclusive, will feature all of Midway
's characters and background stages from their Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
title, while the selection of Capcom
's fighters and stages will come from games in the Street Fighter Trilogy
. There will of course be the typical hidden characters and all new content not previously available in the earlier titles as well.
co-creator and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
lead programmer Ed Boon
had this to say about today's announcement.
"We at Midway saw this as a win-win situation for Midway and the fans of the Mortal Kombat series. I know I personally have always wanted to see Sub-Zero and Scorpion face off against Ken and Ryu, but the two companies could never come to any agreement. But now thanks to Microsoft's intervention fans of both games worldwide can battle it out head to head over Xbox Live Arcade."
is currently planned for release around two months after the separate releases of Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting
and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 for Xbox Live Arcade.