Bad news for fighter fans: Street Fighter 4 HD has bumped its Android release back, at least according to the sign-up page for the Global Championship 2012 Tournament. Previously the game had been scheduled for a fourth quarter release, but obviously, that’s unlikely to happen at this point. There’s no word on when the game might show up, and unfortunately, it still seems to be exclusive to LG customers: the only phone verified to get the game so far in the US is AT&T’s LG Nitro HD, though Japanese customers should see it on the Asian equivalent, the LG Optimus LTE.
The game should be ready by at least January 14th, when the qualifying tournament is scheduled to begin. Two tournaments will be offered, one played on the Optimus LTE/Nitro HD, and the other on the Xbox 360. You can enter both tournaments if you wish. Prizes include up to $10,000 for first place on the phone version, but just $5,800 on the Xbox – it’s a tough decision between traditional button controls and an extra $4,200 in prize money. The qualifying tournament will consist of 128 players, with the sweet sixteen matches posted on the web for viewing later.
There’s still no information on a public release, or when the game will see the light of day on non-LG devices. As a promotional vehicle it’s a smart move for LG, especially among gamers, but I can’t help but think that owners of the Xperia Play won’t be thrilled to hear this news. At least there’s plenty of old-school gaming to keep you busy in the meantime: Grand Theft Auto 3, Sonic CD and Oregon Trail all recently debuted on the Android Market.