Relive Darkstalkers history in Capcom Fighting Collection, out June 24

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Relive Darkstalkers history in Capcom Fighting Collection, out June 24

10 head-to-head arcade classic compilation also includes the console debut of Red Earth.

Vampires, robots, fighters, oh my! Capcom Fighting Collection brings together 10 head-to-head arcade classics to PlayStation with extra features and online play for all games with rollback netcode!

Relive Darkstalkers history in Capcom Fighting Collection, out June 24

With Capcom Fighting Collection, we aim to offer you new ways to experience some of our beloved fighting games. For some of you, it might be your first chance to play titles like Red Earth or Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness. Others will take pride in dominating online rankings of the classic Hyper Street Fighter II or even the more lighthearted Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.

That’s five games out of 10 so far… so what are the other five? Darkstalkers! That’s right–this will be our most comprehensive Darkstalkers compilation yet, featuring two titles previously exclusive to Japan.

Ready to relive Darkstalkers history? If you’re a longtime fan, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and remember what got this series its classic status. And if you’re new to Darkstalkers, let me give you a taste of what makes this magical fighting game series so special.

The world of Darkstalkers

While Street Fighter is a bit closer to home, the Darkstalkers series invites you to explore much darker themes. Your adventures will be centered around impending doom, ranging from protecting Earth from a fiery alien to facing off a demon lord in a conjured dimension.

These outlandish scenarios come with a variety of eye-catching backdrops. One time, you’ll be fighting in a dark alley in England while the next battle might be in a vast Egyptian desert. And of course, the epic showdown against the aforementioned demon lord will take place in his very own demon realm.

The characters of Darkstalkers

At this point, it should be no surprise the cast of Darkstalkers comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and species. You may have even seen the succubus Morrigan Aensland and the vampire Demitri Maximoff making appearances in other Capcom games. Besides these two, you can expect to clash swords with the accursed samurai Bishamon, wrestle with the bigfoot Sasquatch, get tied up with the mummy Anakaris, and fight/play as a variety of esoteric characters inspired by classic monsters and folklore. 

Naturally (or supernaturally), each character boasts unique powers and abilities. Without getting into gameplay specifics just yet, I recommend taking the time to play around with each warrior if only to marvel at the flashy animations that come with each special move. Whether it’s the subtle transformations of Donovan Baine’s sword, Rikuo dynamically stretching its skin or B. B. Hood using her explosive arsenal with reckless abandon, each animation was made with special care to look stylish and add to the frantic pace of the fights.

The gameplay of Darkstalkers

Since we’re dialing everything up to 11 anyway, of course the gameplay has to be wild too! The fights in Darkstalkers also take things up a notch or two thanks to the combo systems and the characters’ fast-paced movement options. Some warriors can dash quickly around the stage, while others have multiple jumps or even the ability to run in the air. This added mobility combined with wild special moves makes each match as chaotic and frenetic as ever.

And that’s not all! In the later games, the Rounds in each match are handled in a way to make everything feel fast and high-stakes. Instead of both warriors’ position and health bar resetting to their original states, the match almost never stops. As soon as Round 1 is over, the downed fighter will get up on their feet, right where they fell, with a full health bar and ready to rock. The victor of the previous Round will not regenerate their health, though… which can add a lot of pressure to both fighters.

Two Darkstalkers debut outside Japan

One bit of Darkstalkers history that had been previously exclusive to Japan now finally makes its way to the rest of the world with Capcom Fighting Collection. The original three Darkstalkers games are now joined by two arcade variations making their western debut (in their original Japanese versions). Here’s what the collection looks like now:

  • Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
  • Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
  • Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire
  • Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
  • Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire

The latter two games, Vampire Hunter 2 and Vampire Savior 2, are both derived from Vampire Savior. They all share the same frantic Round system explained above, but with slightly different rosters. Give them a try if you want to mix things up!

We’re excited to bring these arcade classics to western players. All 10 games will have online play powered by a robust rollback netcode. In addition, we’ve also added a training mode to nearly all games –except for Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo–, and a massive collection of art and music to explore!

Capcom Fighting Collection will be available on PS4 for $39.99 on June 24. A digital bundle including Capcom Fighting Collection and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will also be available at launch for $59.99.

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  • Would’ve been better if it was released in a collection along with Capcom Beat-Em-Up Bundle but alas.

    • Why? Darkstalkers is not a beat-em-up (that collection actually being belt action games, Darkstalkers not being a belt action either).

      What I’d rather split hairs about is Hyper Street Fighter II not being part of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection with the rest of its brothers

  • with all the GOOD capcom games out there they boast 10 games, 5 of which ar just multiple games in the same series, street fighter and 2 spin offs and two other games no ones probably played or care about, when they have games like the Xmen/Marvel games, Jojos Bizarre Adventure, and Rival Schools games hat couldve been part of this collection instead? Try again Capcom

    • After the mess they did with the last Marvel vs.Capcom and how it was a flop I doubt they can touch any of the Marvel games on their catalog but yes Rival Schools would be nice.

    • Besides maybe Rival Schools, those all have Legal Troubles. Mega Man had 2 Arcade Fighters though. If thet put in HSF2AE, why Not The Power Battle & Power Fighters

  • The only game I care about in this collection is Read Earth, finally an official console release outside of arcades! ^^

  • Oh my dog! CAPGOD strikes again! Thank uuuuuuuu.

  • Ah good old capcom throwing Darkstalkers around again but giving the game respect and a new game which is what it truly deserves nothing hu?…guess the fanbase and the possible return in cash are too small for you guys to even consider eh?…hmph.Should’ve put Chaos Tower of the PSP in there which is the best Darkstalkers Collection out there,anyway I could get this as I really like Darkstalkers and have been wanting a substitute for Chaos Tower on the big screen for years but $40?…lol y’all are outta your damn minds,waiting on a 90% discount and yes I can wait forever.

    Btw Vampire Hunter 2 and Vampire Savior 2 are on Chaos Tower so not the 1st time they come to the west.

    • For real? You really think that 39.99 is too much while supporting an online multiplayer in 10 games plus bonus ?

  • Let’s go Street Fighter 6

  • PUZZLE FIGHTER! Online play? Cool! :D

    • (the other games are nice too but I been wanting Puzzle Fighter to get put onto PS4/5 with online play to play it again with some PS friends who no longer live longer enough for couch play so this will be a much easier way)

  • Day 1 buy fir Darkstalkers alone. And with a physical to boot.

  • Make new games, not old games.

  • Could of sworn that I already bought the entire Darkstalkers Collection on PS4… was that PS3? Where is my mind… ?

  • Street Fighter 6 baby

  • Funny that I played Darkstalkers on PSNow a couple days ago. Plus Street Fighter 6 seems awesome!

  • not needing imports for this is something i thought i’d never see. this is pretty nice. i’m sure people will whine though.

  • That will be a day one thing for me . I always wanted to play the Darkstalker saga and puzzle sf . I love this collection a lot . Having the whole Darkstalker saga + 2 titles I’ve never heard about and 2 two cool sf games is giving me so much hype . Sure you had tons of other fighting games but people’s won’t understand that for X-Men you have to pay tons of royalties to Disney/Marvel and that for Rival School it wouldn’t have worked since the engine you’re using here is with 2d sprites and not a 3d engine . Maybe in a next collection.
    And I also wanted to take the sf collecion but never did since it was in my eyes too much costy for me . But 2 collection for 60€ I’m alright with this .

  • Sony, just buy Capcom already.

    • Honestly, while they’re at it, pick up Konami too, at least for the giggles

      There’s been “rumors” that seem more like hopes said out loud for a long time, and a lot of push from players that they should.. but let’s face it, they just should

  • Very cool announcement. I’m excited for this release.

  • Capcom fighting Collection looks amazing

  • Very cool to see Darkstalkers getting some appreciation with a collection. And some games that never release here previously, too!

    Hoping that Capcom will continue putting out game collections like Ace Attorney 4-6 or perhaps even Investigations 1 & 2?

    BTW, I noticed that this blog was tagged with “vampire saviour” Britishism instead of “vampire savior”.

  • Looking forward to this collection!

  • what ‘woke’ stuff isn’t doing well according to you? Heck, what do you think ‘woke’ even means?

  • 1995 – Mega Man: The Power Battle
    1996 – Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters

    This could’ve given the collection 12 Games instead of 10. Shame

  • Obviously any game with Marvel/SNK/Tatsunoko would be costly for Capcom. When you have Rival Schools, Power Stone, and Megaman Power Fighters in your catalog and we instead get one of the million SF2 variants and 5 Darkstalkers (3 of which are virtually the same game)……

  • I appeal to the leaders of PlayStation

    On February 24, the Russian federation attacked Ukraine.
    Civilian are suffering. Army of Russian federation destroys civilian objects, kills civilians.

    The propaganda of the aggressor state turned out to be so strong that ordinary people in Russia still do not believe or refuse to believe what is happening.

    Those Russians who are currently playing must feel the changes caused by direct aggression against Ukraine.

    Therefore, I urge you to limit the access of Russian players to all online PlayStation services during the war against Ukraine

  • Loop option for select BGMs and a few preset playlists would be nice, if possible. Good luck with SF6 and a happy anniversary.

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