I figure it’s good to get this out of the way before the main page is flooded with IAAPA info. Capcom has come around and made it official – SFIV will not come to arcades in the US. It’s not much of a surprise now since the console release is in Februrary and the only thing they’ve said up to this point is that it’s technically illegal for arcades in the US to have one imported. Their reasoning is that arcades have been dead since 2000 and so it’s not worth their time to sell games players want to the arcades that still are around (with a strategy of forcing arcades to buy two overpriced versions of the same game to play it properly which would have gone down well). When asked about SFIV helping rejuvenate the scene, the communications director basically stated that the game isn’t that great to do that sort of job, as he apparently paid no attention to the fact that arcades who have (“illegally”) picked up the game have seen a resurgence of people coming in to play. I guess Mr. Kramer just doesn’t get it – arcades are only as strong as the games they have and game history shows that sometimes you only need one big game to get the ball rolling elsewhere – Street Fighter II itself is a great example of that, as are system sellers like GTA or Halo on consoles. Capcom is obviously not interested in doing anything to help out arcades but thankfully we have others who are willing to fill in the void. Of course if arcades saw a major resurgence (with some of the stuff we’ve got coming out of IAAPA) then I’m sure that Capcom would suddenly change their mind but if they did, I wonder how receptive some would be to them after they’ve teased SFIV arcade in the States without the real intention of bringing it over. As they say on the internets, Epic Fail Capcom. Epic Fail.