On May 29, the entire history of the Street Fighter franchise will be celebrated with the release of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. Today, Capcom released a tretrospective video on the Street Fighter Alpha series. It focuses on the changes made to Alpha – including its reimagined origin stories for a lot of characters, bringing new characters into the fold, and adding a more cinematic flair to the events. Alpha was, at the time of its release, the most storyline driven game yet with each character their own little mini-arcs in the traditional arcade mode.
Alpha was the first entry to bring Final Fight games into the fold too, with Guy and Sodom joining the roster. Alpha 2 saw Rolento, a Final Fight boss, added to the playable mix. In Alpha 3, Cody would be added to the roster while Haggar would strangely never be featured in the Alpha series or the mainline SF games. However, he would be playable in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – giving him some crossover with Capcom’s primary fighting game franchise. He was also featured in Saturday Night Slam Masters, with the second being a pure fighting game that happened to take place in a wrestling ring while the first was more of an arcade-styled pro wrestling game.
The Alpha series represented one of the boldest shifts for Capcom stylistically as the characters from prior games were completely redrawn – giving Sagat and M. Bison a much bulkier appearance, while Chun-Li traded in her short skirt for long lettings and Ryu and Ken’s outfits were given some minor tweaks to make them seek less like copycat characters in look and feel. The entire Alpha mainline series can be enjoyed as part of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection when it releases on May 29 for the Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.