Now the first thing that fans will notice is that the overall menu and character select screens have gotten a face lift. Now, as the rep explained, there will be random character images that will pop up when going through the menus. The cool thing is that the character that gets used the most will often appear on screen in various poses.
New to the game is the addition of in-game challenges. On the sides of the screen (depending what resolution and filter is picked) will be challenges that players can attempt during the fight. Challenges range from super easy, such as throw a fire ball or block it, to super hard, such as parry a ten hit combo and then counter. Completing these challenges will earn players points to unlock art work, sound bites, remixed themes and much more.
In addition to in-game challenges there is a separate challenge/trial mode. Somewhat of a cross between SSFIV and MVC3 challenge modes, here players can earn points for completing character specific challenges, and move based challenges and other training challenges. One of the challenges that the rep showed and got a big cheer from the crowd was Parry Challenge #10 also known as EVO moment #37. Yes, you can become the Beast and try to recreate that famous moment in EVO history that put him on the map.
Probably one of the most important new features in the new 3rd Strike is online multiplayer and uploading features. Online multiplayer was last seen on the Xbox version of 3rd Strike back in 2004 when it was released as part of the anniversary collection with SSFT2. Online multiplayer is back now sporting GGPO, which was created by co-founder of Shoryuken.com and of EVO Tony Cannon. In addition to online multiplayer, the ability to upload and watch matches on YouTube has been integrated in the game as well. Having new modes and features is nice and all, but what you’re really wondering is "has the gameplay changed?" The rep on hand assured us that other than the cosmetic changes on the menu screens and video filter options, 3rd Strike Online is an arcade perfect port of the game, right down to Chun Li being a top tier character.
Love it or hate it, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike played a big part in the arcade and in the fighting game scene since its debut back in 1997. Like Street Fighter II, it is still being played and used in tournaments to this day. Capcom hopes to reinvigorate the scene with the release of the Online Edition and give a new generation of players a chance to experience this game. Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition is set to release August 26, 2011 on XBLA and PSN.