Although the companies did not mention when exactly the games will be launched, they confirmed that the first game of the franchise that will be released for LG’s first HD Android smartphone will be “Street Fighter IV.”
Under agreements, “Street Fighter IV HD” will be exclusively available for AT&T’s LG Nitro HD and for the LG Optimus LTE, for three months after the game’s launch. The game will reach other Android phones as soon as the three months exclusivity period is over.
In the same news, the companies teamed up for a global championship tournament that will challenge players against each other in Japan, United States and Korea.
“We are honored to be able to bring one of the most popular fighting games of all time into the Android ecosystem. We are also confident that LG’s soon-to-be-unveiled HD display technology will give Street Fighter fans a whole new reason to play the game again,” Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications.
Tournament applications kicked-off on December 15, so all those who want to apply for the global competition can do so via the online application system
CAPCOM and LG offer a US$10,000 (7,700 EUR) prize for the tournament’s champion, while the runner up will get US$2,500 (1,900 EUR). There’s also a US$1,200 (920 EUR) prize for the third place winner.
The tournament will being in the United States on January 14, 2012 with online applications running through January 10. According to the tournament’s rules players must be 12 years or older in order to be accepted for the competition.
It is also worth mentioning that all U.S. finalists will receive an LG Nitro HD and will be flown to Seoul, Korea where it all ends on TV.