April 1st, 2006
10:29 AM CST -
April Fools: A fighting gamer's dream has come true as Capcom and Midway 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, Microsoft 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 in Capcom's 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 approched Midway 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.

Mortal Kombat 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."

SFvsMK 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.

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:

April 1st, 2006 10:55 AM CST - Shao Khan
THIS IS FREAKING SWEET! looks like its gonna be good,im buying it
April 1st, 2006 11:22 AM CST - TEAR OF THE DRAGON
Is that april fool?seriously?
April 1st, 2006 11:40 AM CST - KORE
Dude....... HELL NO! You must be kidding! This is exactly what I've wanted since MK started. F***ing SLICK, man!
April 1st, 2006 11:43 AM CST - Insane Cucumber
Haha... April fools...
April 1st, 2006 11:58 AM CST - Glamador
This post should get +2 Karma for having some nice fakes.
April 1st, 2006 12:12 PM CST - Shao Khan
Originally Posted by : Insane Cucumber
Haha... April fools...
god dammit thats the 6th time today i have gotten fooled
April 1st, 2006 1:28 PM CST - DCR
The timers are in the wrong spot. :P That'd be frickin' awesome, though. Cool fakes, who did 'em?
April 1st, 2006 3:56 PM CST - Killswitch
This is gonna be teh bestest gaem evar!!!!1one :D *Head asplodes* Heh, nice April Fool's joke. Nice fakes, too.
April 1st, 2006 6:14 PM CST - dj HaQ
lol. Brilliant.
April 1st, 2006 9:35 PM CST - Adesto
The thing that gave it away for me was that I don't think that their will be any gihting game with 2D fighters vs 3D(ish) fighters.
April 1st, 2006 10:58 PM CST - Khaos
April fools?
April 1st, 2006 11:04 PM CST - im_a_loner_dottie_a_rebel
fuckin mkvssf!! what the bloody hell, good idea, about 10 years late though.
April 2nd, 2006 12:52 AM CST - ChiefThunder
LMAO! That was awesome, dudes! Not fro one second did I beleive it, yet it was well done, Pat
April 2nd, 2006 11:25 AM CST - smartguy
i don't think a street fighter and mortal kombat fuse would work very well (not that i believe this joke)
April 2nd, 2006 12:22 PM CST - fhsasbvp
where did they get those pics of the street fighter characters. They look way better than any sf game I've ever seen. I have the anniversary set for the xbox and the character models on that even look more pixelated than the ones this guy used.
April 2nd, 2006 1:20 PM CST - Robot Commander
I have to admit it. This was one of the few April Fools gags that I actually believed. Well it doesn't hurt to dream about it..
April 2nd, 2006 9:40 PM CST - TheFreak
April Fools, right?
April 3rd, 2006 7:15 AM CST - ChiefThunder
So where's Pats +2 Karma for a great joke?!
April 3rd, 2006 4:12 PM CST - locustlx
I just realized something April Fool's Day is the only day when you can rumor monger and not get accused for it unless you say april fools, I am totally taking advantage of this next year
April 3rd, 2006 10:36 PM CST - im_a_loner_dottie_a_rebel
i think its real. i dunno.
April 3rd, 2006 11:51 PM CST - Khaos
Originally Posted by : im_a_loner_dottie_a_rebel
i think its real. i dunno.
April 4th, 2006 3:34 AM CST - MKRayden
April Fools, right? plz Confirum me as soon as
April 4th, 2006 4:00 AM CST - ChiefThunder
Originally Posted by : MKRayden
April Fools, right? plz Confirum me as soon as
Dude, it's a joke, as in not real. Was all just a big gag for Aprils Fools
April 5th, 2006 12:02 AM CST - im_a_loner_dottie_a_rebel
Originally Posted by : Khaos
[quote=im_a_loner_dottie_a_rebel]i think its real. i dunno.
Yead...The....Title...[/quote]what, it doesnt say nothing in the title?
April 5th, 2006 12:58 AM CST - DCR
Dude, the very first two words in the story read "April Fools". They're even in bold.
April 5th, 2006 9:13 AM CST - DAVE101
I agree that's a very bad idea.
April 5th, 2006 5:29 PM CST - SamHayden
Who made those fakes for it?? Whoever did I'd like to show some stuff I've been working on which will be cool for any future fakes they do. Hi I'm new BTW but some of you might know me from other forums.
April 5th, 2006 7:26 PM CST - Patrick McCarron
The fakes were made by our moderator KORE. He did those with less than 2 days lead time, and did a great job.
April 5th, 2006 8:46 PM CST - Kevin
Mortal Kombat would totally kick Street Fighter's ass anyway.
April 5th, 2006 8:59 PM CST - Kurgan
Great joke. Those pics of the SF characters appear to be sprite rips from the "Street Fighter Alpha" (or SFZ for those non-US players) series, specifcally SFA3 I'm guessing, all of which have been emulated for a long time. This would have been even cooler if you'd used sprites from "Street Fighter the Movie" (arcade version, emulated in Mame) which is actually a quite decent game! (the home versions have way different gameplay and the arcade version flopped only because the movie it was based on sucked so hard so people shied away). Much like SNK Vs. Capcom, it would have thus given you digitized fighters on both sides to make them look like they "fit" plus people being less familiar with SFTM they would think these were actually "new" graphics! Anyway, kudos... !
April 6th, 2006 1:50 AM CST - im_a_loner_dottie_a_rebel
well ill be, thats just cruel.
April 6th, 2006 1:27 PM CST - SamHayden
Cool it's just if KORE would like I have some very cool 'sprites' that I have made, they can be seen here: http://s14.invisionfree.com/MortalKombat/index.php?showtopic=632&st=0 If any others out there would like to see these then they are here to view but I do ask that if you choose to use them that you ask permission of me first either via PM or E-Mail.
April 6th, 2006 1:43 PM CST - Kurgan
Nice idea, but DANG, that page and its huge laggy scrolling signatures! It's painful to read... Those "MK style SFA sprites" are a neat idea, but many of them really look too MS Paintish. I know good artwork takes time and talent, but they just aren't up to the standards of detail of the original sprites, and thus look very "painted on" for lack of a better term. That may sound like harsh criticism, but that was my honest reaction. Better than nothing, but still. Me, I'd rather see the SFTM sprites ported directly to some incarnation of the MK engine, be it Mortal Kombat Trilogy, UMK3 or MK2, whatever.
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