"Super Street Fighter 4" will see its previously announced March 23 street date pushed back, as will "Dead Rising 2," "Lost Planet 2" and "Monster Hunter Tri," thanks to a blanket decision by Capcom. The publisher cited steep competition in 2010's first quarter as the impetus for the delays, which should place the games' release dates sometime after April 1.
Capcom adjusted their plans to "avoid competing with the major titles that other companies plan to introduce," "preserve the value of Capcom’s titles and maximize sales volume" and "expand the lineup of titles in the next fiscal year and afterward," according to an investor report that broke the news.
"Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars" and "Dark Void" still have Q1 releases planned, but so do Capcom's competitors, who have lined up "Bayonetta," "BioShock 2," "God of War III" and "Final Fantasy XIII" among early 2010's strongest efforts. Those four titles alone are enough to justify Capcom's basis for forecast adjustment, which also included reducing expected "Dark Void" sales to 600,000 units from 1.3 million.
Both "Dead Rising" and "Street Fighter" are strong established franchises, but those latter three I listed above are about as heavy-hitting as they come these days. How far apart the altered dates get staggered will have a lot of us waiting to see which title floats out first. Personally, my call would be to appease the "Street Fighter" fans first, but if competition in the marketplace is the key factor at play, the order Capcom chooses may be telling.
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