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John Faciane
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER,
STREET FIGHTER 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

WGC: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is a special new release celebrating
30 years of the Street Fighter series. What is
it about these games that have given them
such lasting appeal?
John Faciane: These classics defined the fighting genre as we know it today, and to this day
many games still use mechanics that were first
introduced in the Street Fighter series. Nostalgia naturally plays a role in the lasting appeal,
but the franchise has stood the test of time
for 30 years now because of our dedication to
precision gameplay mechanics and memorable characters that continue [to] resonate with
new and existing fans in the community.

"This is the first
time that all 12
games have been
made available
in one place for
home consoles
that actually use
the original arcade
versions."

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GAME HIGHLIGHT S
THE DISNE Y AF TERNOON COLLEC TION

WGC: Over the years, there have been a
handful of Street Fighter compilations, but
what makes Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection stand out from everything
that's come before, and a must-own even
for fans who have some of those previous
collections?
JF: This is the first time that all 12 games have
been made available in one place for home
consoles that actually use the original arcade
versions. For the 30th Anniversary Collection we
have teamed up with Digital Eclipse to actually
take the original game code from the arcade
games, decompile that code and rewrite it to
function well on modern gaming consoles and
PCs. On top of this we've also included online
functionality for four definitive titles in the
series, so you'll be able to challenge fighters
from all over the world.
WGC: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection features 12 different games from across
Street Fighter's history. What are a few of the
titles that you think will be the most interesting (or surprising) for players to experience
again or for the first time, and why?
JF: The most interesting title to me as a player
is the original Street Fighter, where it all began.
Growing up in the '90s I remember always seeing Street Fighter II and Super Street Fighter II in

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hen you think about fighting
games, there's no bigger name
than Street Fighter. From an
experimental arcade title about warriors
locked in street combat was born a series
that would become truly legendary around
the globe. This year that series celebrates its
30th anniversary, and to mark the occasion,
Capcom has released Street Fighter 30th
Anniversary Collection. To learn more about this
special compilation and the 12 Street Fighter
titles it brings together, we chatted with the
game's associate producer, John Faciane.

the arcades, but I never really had the chance
to play the original game until now. For those
who haven't played the original game, it may
come as a surprise how challenging that game
actually is. It was notoriously difficult to master
back in arcades, so I'm looking forward to
seeing a new generation of gamers hone their
techniques on this classic.
WGC: Of course, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection features bonus content
beyond those 12 games that delves into the
history of the series. Can you tell us more
about what makes this package special?
JF: Fans will be able to navigate through a
detailed timeline by year and see information
about not only the original games themselves,
but also the franchise as a whole including the
animated series, animated movie, and even the
live-action movie! We've also included a music
player, character encyclopedia with sprite viewer, and a "Making of SF" section that details the
development of Street Fighter, Street Fighter II,
Street Fighter Alpha, and Street Fighter III complete with never-before-seen production art.
There's a lot to look back on and celebrate when
you've been around for 30 years!
WGC: Over its 30-year run, Street Fighter has
featured an immense cast of memorable
characters. Who would you least want to
face off against in a fight, and who would
you most want to tag in to assist you?
JF: I feel like Akuma and his vicious fighting
style would overpower me immediately. His
Raging Demon attack is notorious for turning
the tides of battle because of the amount of
damage it deals. On the other hand, Vega would
be quite frightening as well. His storyline and
personality are pretty sadistic and the sight of
his legendary claw alone in battle would make
me run for the hills. I would probably want Cammy to tag in and assist me in a fight though. She
is very fast, agile and a bit shorter than I am, so
we would be able to attack our opponent from
both low and high angles.


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