Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Street Fighter x Tekken available now on PS Vita

Like it or not, it's here.

Street Fighter x Tekken (SFxT) is now (Oct. 23) available for the PS Vita handheld in North America. Europe will receive the game on Oct. 26. This version will cost you $39.99.

The handheld edition of SFxT has been plagued by the DLC controversy. It's an issue talked about so much that I won't dare to link it yet again. Those who just want their Street Fighter and Tekken fix on the go can do so now.

Here is Capcom's press release.

SAN  MATEO, Calif.— October 23, 2012 — Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, is pleased to confirm that Street Fighter® X Tekken® on the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system is now available in North America. Street Fighter X Tekken on the PlayStation Vita expands on the action-packed console experience, delivering competitive co-op fun that players of all skill levels can enjoy. With the full roster of 55 playable characters and new exclusive features, Street Fighter X Tekken on the PlayStation Vita is packed with tons of content and boasts one of the most robust character line-ups in fighting game history.

Playing at home or on the streets, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system Cross-Play lets Street Fighter X Tekken players compete anytime, anywhere, against anyone… either locally, with 3G or via Wi-Fi. Players can super combo their Street Fighter X Tekken experience by taking advantage of the numerous PlayStation Vita exclusive features including augmented reality, front and rear touch panel controls, near functionality, KO monument, ad-hoc fight request, and a gallery mode. Additionally, an all-new game mode called Burst Kumite will let players test their skills and strategies against a barrage of endless CPU-controlled opponents.

For those who purchase the PlayStation Vita version of Street Fighter X Tekken, the first run of all retail copies will come with a free download code that will redeem 12 additional characters on the PS3™ and will give PS Vita players free alternate costumes for the core roster of 38 characters.  For those who purchase the digital version of Street Fighter X Tekken, this content will be synced with the PS3 version automatically and is downloadable without a redemption code.  All DLC purchased on the PS3 version can be used on the PS Vita version, and vice versa. Additionally, edited and customized data on the PS Vita version can be transferred between both the PS3 version and PS Vita version as well.

Street Fighter X Tekken for the PlayStation Vita is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $39.99. The game can be purchased digitally and in stores beginning today in North America and will be available in the European territories beginning on October 26, 2012.

Fernando's POV: I honestly don't believe SFxT is the terrible game that many have pegged it as. I just feel Capcom butchered their chance to make this the fighting game of 2012. DLC notwithstanding, the timer issue and Pandora's laughable weakness has created disdain in the community. PS Vita owners may want to wait to see how the 2013 update plays out unless they are craving for a new fight fix on the go.