One of Capcom’s best (but lesser-known) franchises is Puzzle Fighter. Outside of a re-release of the original game back in the early PS3/Xbox 360 era, we haven’t gotten a new entry in ages. After all this time, Capcom is finally resurrecting the long-lost series and bringing it to Android and iOS later this year.
For those who may not know, the franchise began with the hilariously named Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo on the Sega Saturn and PlayStation. It featured child-like (or chibi) versions of Capcom fighters. Much like Capcom fighting games of old, SPFIIT was fast and furious. The same character models would be used in a spin-off called Pocket Fighter.
Like the original Puzzle Fighter, the new game will have a character roster comprised of famous Capcom characters from franchises like Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Resident Evil, and more. These include favorites like Ryu, Chun-Li, Ken, and Morrigan from the first game. New characters to the series include Final Fight‘s Mike Haggar, Devil May Cry‘s Dante, and Mega Man X.
While this is certainly good news, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room: that Puzzle Fighter is a free-to-play mobile game. I know I’m not alone when it comes to my… displeasure when it comes to gaming on mobile devices. Knowing that a new entry in a series I hold dear is mobile-only certainly stings. Besides that, the fact Puzzle Fighter is free-to-play makes me fearful Capcom is going to toss all sorts of microtransactions in the game. It would be a crying shame to see the great Puzzle Fighter series reduced to a cheap cash-grab in that manner.
Those attending this weekend’s PAX West event in Seattle will have a chance to play Puzzle Fighter. A soft launch will happen in select regions around the world soon. A global release is set for some time before the year is over.
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