Capcom's Street Fighter III 3rd Strike is on its way to PlayStation 2, Famitsu Weekly reports this week. The most recent game in its venerable 2D fighting series -- which still isn't all that recent, having come to the Dreamcast in 2000 -- will see release in Japan for PS2 some time this year.
Today's announcement makes no specific mention of support for online fighting in the PS2 game. Capcom included online play in the Japanese PS2 version of Capcom Vs. SNK 2, and in the Dreamcast version of 3rd Strike as well, although the DC version's online servers closed down last fall.
So far, Capcom's latest initiative for online PlayStation 2 gaming, the Multi-Matching Broad Band service launched last fall in conjunction with telecommunications developer KDDI, has failed to measure up to expectations. Sales of the first MMBB title, Bio-Hazard Outbreak, were lower than Capcom expected, although the soon-to-debut Monster Hunter may do better.
As Capcom releases more details on PlayStation 2 3rd Strike, we'll continue to pass them on.