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PC Super Street Fighter IV in Doubt Due to Piracy

4Gamer.net interviews Street Fighter series producer Yoshinori Ono in the site's native Japanese on the upcoming release of Super Street Fighter IV. Though Ono-san recently indicated they are still considering a PC edition of the upgraded fighting game, his answers now indicate severe doubts about a PC release. A Google translation of the interview is headache-inducing, but andriasang.com offers a more sensible interpretation of his comments, which say the PC edition will probably not be released due to piracy, in spite of the fact that a PC edition is basically complete, since that is the version found in arcades. He does say they will reconsider if they can come up with a proper way to combat illegal copies, though he rules out an exclusive release through Steam because that would be unfair to those unable to use the service. Thanks joao.

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40. Re: PC Super Street Fighter IV in Doubt Due to Piracy Sep 22, 2010, 00:18 Beamer
 
Yeah, it definitely drives me nuts when people say things like "consoles have equal or more piracy" or "piracy doesn't really happen!"

You're making things up vastly worse than that Kudo guy, who just interprets things incorrectly.


Piracy happens, and worse on PCs than consoles. Far and away.
Know how to argue around it? I dunno, starting with facts would help.

The bottom line is PC games, regardless of anything, will experience somewhere between X% and Y% piracy over sales. I have no idea what these numbers are, but I'll assume both are over 100%. That's right, I'll flat-out assume every single PC game will be pirated more than bought.
But so what? It'll still be bought. The piracy isn't really lost sales. It isn't really denting sales in any way, shape or form. You'll still get the N sales. So piracy really shouldn't be an economical reason not to port a game. If you want to consider it an emotional one, fine.

I also get annoyed when people say "you made the game, just port it and release it. More sales are good!" No, they're not always. Revenues and profits. Somehow PC gamers ignore this.
In this case I'd guess some QA is done, as the arcade systems are probably all uniform and the game is optimized. Then there's marketing and distribution. But if the game is nearly optimized, and QA won't be as intense, and distribution can simply be sending it to Valve... I guess it really depends on how previous versions sold, but I'd guess you can get this out the door for a mil tops. At $30 on Steam you'd need, after Valve's take, maybe 70-100k to break even. I think it's doable.
 
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