I guess it's true what they say; Pretty soon, everything will have to be switched to HIgh-Def. And when I say everything, I mean it. Even the world's first successful fighting game franchise. That's right, nerds. All you Street Fighter fanboys wake up and rejoice! Capcom, along with it's Udon comics partner, have apparently been working on a new Street Fighter game. The sprites for the old Street Fighter 2 games will be completely redrawn and remastered in high def, and presented in high res up to 1080 pi. I'm excited to see what eye candy Udon artists can provide us Street Fighter whores, to keep up company until official word leaks out, of a new Street Fighter 4!(we can only hope...)
My only problem, is this; after looking at the new game art for the game, it seems as if all sprites are being redone to look like the trademark Udon comics style. Again, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, as anything new is always welcome in my book. However, with this recent revelation, there is the problem that a game that initially started as a game filled with traditional pixel art, will now be practically non-existent of it. As an aspiring pixel artist, I question myself whether this should or should not catch fire. If it does, there would most definitely be consequences for pixel artists like myself, whose interest in pixel art was piqued with Street Fighter game sprites.
Remember, Street Fighter was one of the foremost, if not THE foremost, fighting game that set fire to many clones, and knock offs (not to mention other successful 2d fighting games, such as the KOF series, darkstalkers, and the main reason/inspiration for updating the sprites to high res themselves, Guilty Gear). The problem is what if other fighters turn suit, and decide to go with high res/digital scans of game sprites, rather than pixel them. We all know kids now a days wet themselves over ridiculous over-the-top graphics, despite the fact that some of these eye-candy filled games suffer from extreme game play issues. This would mean no jobs for artists like myself, and an ever omniscient force coming down to the pixel world to eventually slay pixel art forever. I know it's a bit dramatic for now, but it is something to consider. Thoughts, or comments?
More info can be found all over the "internetz", but for specifics, check out the article at IGN, here