Many moons ago (March of 2010 to be exact) Capcom released a mobile version of their then still sort of new-ish console and PC fighter Street Fighter IV, which resurrected the mostly dormant franchise for the first proper new entry in the series since 1997's Street Fighter III. It also brought the game's visuals into 3D while retaining the classic 2D fighting mechanics, and for the mobile iteration of Street Fighter IV [$4.99] they used the same models as the full game but pre-rendered them and animated them like sprites. It was sort of a strange technique but still looked quite cool, and Street Fighter IV on mobile was a huge success, even at its original price of $9.99.

With Capcom being Capcom you'd think that after that success we'd be in for a new Street Fighter mobile game each and every year, and for a while that was true. 2011 brought Street Fighter IV Volt [$4.99], which was every bit as good as the original but included the fantastic feature of online multiplayer. Then 2012 brought us a mobile version of Street Fighter X Tekken which had just debuted on consoles and PC. Yes, my mind was filled with dreams of Street Fighter spinoffs and slightly iterated upon sequels for the foreseeable future.

Except… Capcom just sort of stopped. Their three released Street Fighter mobile titles all received pretty good support for a while, with new characters and features frequently added in updates. But aside from some mostly boring compatibility updates these games have been left out to dry for a long time, and Street Fighter X Tekken has disappeared from the App Store completely. It makes you wonder what Capcom was thinking as they obviously had a hit with a neat little mobile Street Fighter people could play on the device that was always with them, and even now our Street Fighter IV Volt thread remains fairly active and is the second most viewed thread in our entire forums with more than 3.2 million views. People are hungry for more mobile Street Fighter!

Well it seems that all these years later and Capcom is finally ready to deliver that with their just announced Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition. In true Street Fighter tradition, this is largely an iterative improvement on Street Fighter IV, but one that is more than welcome as far as I'm concerned. The previous Street Fighters predated the era of widescreen and Plus sized iPhones, and Champion Edition will rectify that with higher resolution visuals, true widescreen support, and "a host of updates and refinements." It will also include three new characters: Poison, Ibuki and Dudly!

Other than that, it sounds like Champion Edition will follow the same formula as its mobile predecessors in terms of controls and features. One truly welcomed feature will be MFi controller support, and just like Volt this release will also feature online play over WiFi. Coupled with 25 playable characters on release and Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition sounds like the mobile Street Fighter that I've been dreaming about for the past 5+ years. Better late than never, I guess! The game is set to release at a nebulous point sometime this summer, but if you want to stay in the loop you can head here to pre-register and join in on some discussion in our forums.

  • Stetch

    Woho!! Good news!

    • boydstr

      I hope they use all the power that the newer iPhone's have to offer to make this the best looking SF on mobile.

      • Stetch

        Nope. They will see money. They dont care aboot us. Just look at the Mega Man games they gave us.

  • nkx

    Man I been waiting for this for quite sometime o still play volt looking forward to this!!

  • Aschealth

    Yeshh finally! It's been like forever! Even now I'm still playing SF4V frequently, one of my personal best iOS games of all time, so happy to hear this 😍

  • Daxmort

    Just as a heads up, you misspelt 'Dudley' you gutter-trash. ;D

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      It's extra sad because I copy pasted that straight from the official press release, but thanks for the heads up!

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Now that I think about it I wish that wasn't a misspell at all and was actually a Dudley/Crocodile Dundee crossover character 🙁

      • Stetch

        And with the lastname of Doo. Dudley Doo. My life would be complete.

  • sinanayurt

    Hopefully this is not gonna be freemium. Please capcom surprise us!

    • boydstr

      I don't think so all the SF games were premium so far as I know.

      • sinanayurt

        All modern combat games was also premium 🙁

      • boydstr

        I rather pay upfront for a game because witch way you look at it the developers need to be paid for their work,free games don't exist.

  • t3chnoboy

    Best news regarding fighting games on ios

  • Eric Ng

    5 years. I never gave up hope, SF MOBILE IS THE BEST AND MOST PLAYED GAME I HAVE EVER DOWNLOADED. You don't know how many times I dreamed about Dudley being on the roster. I'm so pumped for this, can't wait to play my favourite character ever. I HOPE DUDLEY HAS HIS OVERHEAD PLEASE!!!!!!!

  • boydstr

    I really like to play this game,the SNES was my very first console that I bought and StreetFighter II was my very first game on the SNES that started my gaming addiction the SF games now available in the AppStore can't guarantee a proper working game when you're phone is updated above IOS 8 so I am really looking out for this one and the fact that you can play it with a controller is icing on the cake.

  • Duane Locsin

    MFI support!!!!!
    That's fantastic.
    I would have gone bonkers if they released this with out controller support, because this is the kind of game where we have to accept touch is just not adequate .
    Getting this once it's out.

  • ArmoredBoar

    Not sure how this could ever top KOF-i 2012, considering that game is actually free (freemium in the way that it has ads but that's it), has the entire KOF XIII roster and pretty tight multiplayer. That game was pretty much a miracle for me. ._.

    • nkx

      KOF is alright in my opinion I could never get into it

  • Twinblades

    Damn this makes me sooo happy lamo

  • Milotorou

    Im hyped !

  • CaptYadierPR

    Im wayyyyyyy toooo hyped for this. Cant wait.

  • Pokemaniaco

    Please bluetooth for versus. I loved to play sfv volt with my brother and friends on our iphones 🙂

  • DrlRage

    Huh?!
    If this is whole new game and they are still using sprites, then why does it look roughly the same? I would expect smooth hi-res graphics because iPhones have way more graphical bang now. This sadly looks like a repackage of Volt. I wish (if they were going to put such little effort into the presentation) they would just jump to SF5 or bring out a hi-res SF3 because they don't exist. Still excited for anything Street Fighter on mobile, just thinking Capcom is being Capcom dumping another modified version of a game out there.

    Don't get me started on fighting games selling full characters as DLC. It's wrong on so many levels.

    *TLDR: Capcom... 😐

    • DrlRage

      By the way, well done article Jared! Where are my manners? 🙂

  • 유봉기

    this app can use ios mifi controler?

    like pxn-6603?

    • Duane Locsin

      This updated version will, yes.

  • BulkSlash

    Brilliant! I loved this game back in the day, it's honestly one of my favourite versions of Street Fighter because it's just so pick-up and play.

    What with Crazy Taxi getting an update too it seems like all my old iOS favourites are finally coming back!

  • shakunetsu

    Despite those that belittle the game because of the controls were people that never really paid attention and experienced it to be plaid. It an okay in controls. It works effectively like gundam fighting spirit and kofmobile.

  • ac166

    Mfi!!! Yes!! Finally iOS will have a decent fighting game!

  • Adriano

    DONT FORGET ANDROID PLEASE!

  • Adriano

    I was excited by the latest news of the launch of street fighter champion edition, I have long waited for this game, however, the news only made reference to the IOS system, would like to know if it has forecast for the Android system too, please do not forget the Android

  • Fushix

    Should I get volt now or Wait for Champion edition?

  • Rudy De Leon

    Wow, i just thought we would just have to make do with sfvolt. its a fun game, but newer phones can do so much more. i still play volt, it plays really well for a street fighter mobile game. it is so out dated that bluetooth vs doesnt work anymore on newer ios firmwares.