I don't play Skullgirls, but I do enjoy laughing. Thus, Skullgirls developer Lab Zero and I have found common ground due to their April Fools' joke this year. Today Lab Zero released a video showcasing the next character that they'll be releasing for Skullgirls. Hilarious just in concept right? It could be anything. Instead of going the easy route and create, I don't know, a monkey with four butts, they took the appropriate route and made a huge dig on Street Fighter.
Those familiar with Street Fighter's recent controversy may know a thing or two about clones. Basically, after some eight months of teasing a big character announcement for the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter IV, Capcom revealed Decapre -- essentially an evil "clone" of Cammy. "Bah, she's not 100% original! That's lazy!" cried Street Fighter fans, not entirely wrong, but hardly just or fair either.
Cue Skullgirls, who must think the entire situation is hilarious. Today they've released a trailer featuring a character that may be familiar to fans. This is Fukua, who bears an odd resemblance to Filia, and she is a pallet swap that Lab Zero put together in a week. Lab Zero was so pleased that they even decided to release Fukua to Skullgirls' beta environment and final version of Skullgirls Encore in a playable form. Whether she stays is up to fans.
I call it a dig, but it's not just on Street Fighter but also on the fighting game genre as whole, in addition to the fighting game community. Odds are fans will enjoy Fukua and want her to stay in the game, further justifying these types of "clone" characters in fight games. As long as the quality is still there, then better to enjoy it rather than complain. Or whatever. Skullgirls is rad.