Darkstalkers Resurrection Collection Announced for PSN & XBLA

Guess what? Darkstalkers are not dead! Capcom announced at the on-going New York Comic-Con 2012 that the fan-favorite Darkstalkers franchise is back and ready to take the fight to current-gen consoles. Featuring a unique and colorful cast of characters, blended with fast-paced fighting action, Darkstalkers Resurrection contains two games, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3, that will be available to download in early 2013 for $14.99 on PlayStation Network for PS3 and 1600 Microsoft Points (that’s US$20 / €19.20 / £13.60 / CAN$24.80 / AU$26.40) on Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360.

The two-for-one priced combo breathes new life into each game with a slew of features like:

Robust GGPO-enabled online game play, HD graphical filtering with multiple viewing options, replay sharing, Spectator Mode, in-game achievements, Challenge/Tutorial Mode and an un-lockable vault filled with concept artwork, videos and more.

Watch the Darkstalkers Resurrection Trailer here:

Here’s the large Darkstalkers Resurrection artwork! Click the thumbnail for the full-size image:

Players who want to face-off against their friends online are able to with GGPO-enabled online game play that helps create a virtually lag-free fighting game experience. Building upon the online system previously introduced in Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition and Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, online game play now includes upgraded matchmaking with additional options such as region matching, ping lock and ping display.

While taking a break from competition, players have replay sharing and Challenge Mode at their disposal to help them hone their fighting game skills. Replays can be uploaded to the game’s match server or directly to YouTube. The Challenge/Tutorial Mode contains trials to help players deepen their knowledge of the characters and their specific strategies. For those that prefer to learn from watching other people play, Spectator Mode and “Watch With Friends” allows players to watch games either live online or saved from previous matches. Players can discuss both live and saved games in real time.

PS: Anyone else find it strange that so many “collection” of game series nowadays come up short one or more games? It’s great that the first game, Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors, is already on PSN, but that leaves XBLA fighting game fans out in the cold. Not that I’m complaining, it’s great they are re-releasing these games in HD with online multiplayer support! 😀

Are you excited for Darkstalkers Resurrection on PSN & XBLA?