Great news from Comic-Con for fans of Machinima’s “Street Fighter: Assassins Fist” digital series. Game maker Capcom, which owns the “Street Fighter” gaming franchise, has signed off on a sequel to the popular live-action web series. Tentatively titled “Street Fighter: World Warrior,” the follow-up is aiming for a release in late 2015 or early 2016 and will feature the work of returning writer and director Joey Ansah.
Machinima, the gaming focused multi-channel network behind the “Street Fighter” web series, has experience building live-action shows out of popular game franchises. The network scored major points, and views, with its “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” series, which brought to life characters and storylines from the iconic and notoriously gory fighting game. Machinima’s original effort with “Street Fighter: Assassins Fist” was smaller in scale. The series focused on the origin of two of the “Street Fighter” franchises’ most recognizable characters, Ryu and Ken.
“World Warrior” promises to expand the universe of the series considerably. Ryu and Ken will return as the central focus but will reportedly be joined by fan-favorite characters like Chun-Li, Guile and the villainous M. Bison. “Street Fighter” is one of Capcom’s longest running and most iterated properties, so there’s no shortage of characters and storylines to adapt to live action.
Producing a live-action series is a great way for a network like Machinima, whose identity is closely tied to gaming, to reach viewers who aren’t traditionally part of the gamer nice. Just as comic books have seen increased mainstream success in recent years through film adaptations, game makers can reach new audiences by translating their iconic stories and characters into new formats.
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