If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might notice that I am pretty stoked for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. I was a huge fan of Street Fighter II in the arcade, and always love playing retro games redone with new graphics. SSFIITHDR was already looking to be a great version of the game with the beautiful 1080p graphics, but this post on Capcom’s blog details that they are now considering it to be the next iteration of Street Fighter II (this would make it the 6th or 7th version I believe).
With the help of 16-year SFII tournament veteran David Sirlin, they are going in and rebalancing many of the moves, by taking out cheap spam moves and making other moves easier. The goal is to make the game more accessible and fun, and also more suitable for competitive play. They expect to accomplish this by doing things like making Ken & Ryu’s Dragon Punch easier to pull off, and turning the 3-button moves into 2-button moves, etc.
I think this is a great idea, and only makes me look forward to the game even more. I admit that I never really played the game as Cammy or T.Hawk, because I found them to be too difficult. It’s nice to know that I’ll be able to jump in and play just about every character in the game without worrying too much about learning difficult maneuvers. The post is very detailed; if you are at all interested in this game, you should check it out.