By Sage Ashford
A bit of gaming news that slipped under the radar during the massive torrent of geek news that occurs during every SDCC, Variety reports that Capcom has greenlit the sequel to the Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist webseries that aired earlier this year. The writer and director of the original, Joey Ansah, will return to write and direct the sequel. (He also played the character Akuma but considering Akuma doesn't exactly fit into the canon at this point he probably won't make a re-appearance in that role.) Actors Mike Moh (Ryu) and Gaku Space (Goki) are set to return as well, while there is no word on Christian Howard (Ken) as of yet.
Due out in late 2015/early 2016, World Warrior seeks to expand on the story told in Assassin's Fist, covering what sounds like the story of Street Fighter 1, where series villain M. Bison and his secret criminal organization "Shadoloo" appear, along with many of the more popular Street Fighter characters such as Guile, Chun-Li, and Sagat to battle in the famous "World Warrior" tournament.
In addition, Assassin's Fist will be coming to DVD, Blu-ray, Video-on-Demand, and downloadable platforms later this fall. The discs are supposed to include an unreleased epilogue, as well as a blooper reel and more information on series "joke character" Dan Hibiki.
Assassin's Fist is one of the better projects to come out of the internet world. The love the writer/director had for the series is obvious, as the story is filled with tons of easter eggs and references to SF lore–even the fight scenes perfectly mimic the actual fighting moves the characters do in the games, illustrating the herculean attention to detail the entire cast must have paid to make everything accurate and pitch-perfect without seeming corny or fake. All without compromising the telling of a gripping story. More directors/writers could stand to learn from this project, honestly.
The original Assassin's Fist webseries can be found on YouTube: