Street Fighter 4 ships 2 million copies worldwide

Street Fighter IV Collector's Edition on PS3 also includes Blu-ray anime movieCapcom announced that it has shipped two million copies of Street Fighter IV for its first week in stores everywhere. The all new Street Fighter IV with the unmistakable feel of a 2D fighting game, is jam-packed with beloved characters from previous iterations in the series. Beautiful graphics combined with various new additions to the combat system has created a title can be enjoyed by both fighting game and Street Fighter fans alike. They also point out that compared to the arcade release, as a bonus, the multi-platform console versions (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) boast an array of additional Street Fighter 4 unlockable characters.

The original Street Fighter was released in 1987, and was then followed up in 1991 by the legendary hit Street Fighter II. The series revolutionized combat systems in games, and established the fighting game genre. Since then, Street Fighter has been a global hit, selling over 500,000 arcade machines and 27 million console games.

Beginning in 2008, Capcom has continued to move ahead with its Street Fighter 20th anniversary project through successive releases of new arcade machines, console games, and various events such as the Street Fighter IV National Tournament. In addition, under its “Single Content Multiple Usage” strategy, Capcom will release the Hollywood movie “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” on February 28th, 2009. The movie was developed in order to help rebuild the Street Fighter brand by drawing in new fans and reinvigorating fans of old. In fruition of its policies, Capcom has achieved the feat of breaking the two million copy mark despite the economic crisis with this first iteration of the Street Fighter series in 11 years.

PS: The press release also noted that the PC release date is still undecided, but last I heard it wasn’t coming until at least Q2 2009.