Capcom’s Street Fighter X Tekken panel at New York Comic Con was on fire yesterday. The panel first revealed all the details on the new ‘Gem” system, which will turn the casual player into a force to be reckoned with, and then it revealed a new character for the line-up while teasing three more.
Over the years, Street Fighter has sadly become a game only played by the longtime, hardcore fans. Casual gamers really aren’t drawn to fighting games like this because of the intense learning curve, but in an attempt to change this Capcom has introduced the gem system.
The game includes 36 gems–some grant characters increased speed, some increase the damage characters inflict and others raise characters’ defense. The gems are activated by taking damage and/or landing hits on opponents. Also, more than one gem can be activated at a single time. So, for instance, if you have two separate speed gems equipped, and each gives you a 20 percent speed bonus, you’ll have the ability to gain up to a 40 percent speed boost. The same goes for any of the gem types you may be using.
To show off the potency of the gem system, Capcom called out for “someone who sucks at Street Fighter” to go onstage a duke it out with a Capcom veteran. During this demo, which gave us a glimpse of the game’s latest build, we we’re introduced to the auto block gem. This gem throws out an automatic block as long the player using it isn’t moving, but it comes at a cost. For each auto block that is used–after the gem is activated by a series of hits–the auto blocking player’s cross bar loses on third of its charge. And if you don’t have any juice in the meter, your auto block gem isn’t going to do anything for you.
Special gems will also be available exclusively through pre-orders from retailers such as Gamestop and Amazon. Rufus has been confirmed as a member of the Street Fighter X Tekken cast and three other characters will be revealed at a later date. Capcom also announced the game will be making its way to the PSVita, and there is apparently a PC version in the works that I’m sure you modders are going to have a blast with. Last, but not least, we finally got an official release date for Xbox 360 and PS3 – March 6, 2012.
Drawing the panel to a close was the announcement of an update for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. The update will bring a newly balanced fighting system to the game and Capcom says players will feel like they’re playing a whole new version. The update lands December 13th, will be completely free and all of our Player and Battle Points will carry over seamlessly.
Check out the new Street Fighter X Tekken trailer and character teasers below!