- Street Fighter IV is on the way, and Capcom tells us that its story is set between the second and third games. What's that, you say? You didn't know the Street Fighter series had a story? Ah, well, it does...but good luck sorting it out. Due to the dozens of characters, each with multiple (and frequently contradictory) endings, it can be tough to know exactly how these things work out. Especially since Capcom isn't saying.
We've given it a try, though. We've grouped most of the World Warriors into categories by motive, clarified their rivalries, and weeded out the completely useless ones. We're still not entirely certain how the overall storyline has gone down, but after extensive play, reading, and research, we're pretty sure it goes like this:
Ryu and Ken participated in the original Street Fighter tournament along with a bunch of scrubs; Ryu defeated Sagat to become the champion. Then M. Bison created the Psycho Drive to conquer the world and grant himself immortality; when the Psycho Drive was destroyed, he initiated the second Street Fighter competition to bring his enemies together and kill them all, only to be thwarted by secret character Akuma. Later, a guy named Gill founded a third version of the tournament, hoping to locate the world's ultimate fighters who would populate his new utopian world....