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Tatsunoko vs. Capcom faces rights lapse

Capcom can no longer sell Wii fighting game

Capcom has lost the rights to sell Wii title Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars in any format, after its rights to the animation studio's characters expired.

Christian Svensson, Capcom's corporate officer and senior vice-president, alerted fans to the problem on the Capcom forums

"Our rights with Tatsunoko have lapsed fairly recently (so we're no longer allowed to sell the title physically or digitally). Unless Japan were to strike a new deal, I'd say the chances of this happening are slim."

The game was released in 2010 and was a created in collaboration with the Japanese animation studio. Capcom reported that during development the studio denied Capcom access to a number of its popular characters for the the game, including those from the Genesis Climber MOSPEADA or Samurai Pizza Cats series.

"They told us what we could and couldn't use," Capcom producer Ryota Niitsuma told Kotaku in 2010. "If they said no we cut them.

"We weren't privy to a lot of their decision making process. They didn't share a lot of reasons with us. When they said no and we asked why, they wouldn't tell us, but would give us another suggestion."

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Rachel Weber: Rachel Weber has been with GamesIndustry since 2011 and specialises in news-writing and investigative journalism. She has more than five years of consumer experience, having previously worked for Future Publishing in the UK.
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