Yesterday we learned that Capcom had an iOS version of their recent console release Street Fighter X Tekken hiding somewhere in their massive E3 booth. Eli and myself searched it out and dove right in to see how it played, and we're happy to report that so far it gets the big thumbs up. The controls feel identical to previous Capcom fighters, that is they're actually pretty darn good. The option to move them around the screen wasn't present in this demo, so it did feel a bit awkward playing on the iPad, but it still felt good nonetheless.
The big news is that for the first time Capcom is actually using 3D character models in the game. You can tell the level of detail has been toned down quite a bit, but with the stylized visuals it still holds up really well. Also worth noting is that the backgrounds are no longer static, and while they don't seem to be bursting with activity, there is a neat parallax scrolling effect going on which gives the backgrounds some depth, along with some minute animated details.
Check it out for yourself in the following videos of the game on both the iPhone and the iPad:
Unfortunately, there's no concrete information on when (or if for that matter) Street Fighter X Tekken will be hitting the App Store. It was made clear that the limited E3 demo was just that, a demo, and no plans have been formally announced for a release. However, given the positive response by everyone who happened upon the demo, I can't imagine Capcom not bringing the game over, and hopefully we'll be hearing news on a definite release in the near future.
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