Rival Schools, a Capcom fighting game series from the late 90s and early aughts, sees players chose teams of two students to fight for the honor or their high school. It wasn't as popular as some of Capcom's other fighting titles, but even after only one update to the original game and a sequel, the series maintains a small following.
Now, over 15 years after the last game, series director Hideaki Itsuno hinted he'd like to get a sequel made. When asked in an interview with CFN Portal about when he would get around to making a new Rival Schools game, Itsuno replied by saying, "I want to make one even now!" He hinted at having already completed the scenario for the game, and urged fans to tweet at him using the hashtag #rivalschools3. "Batsu, Hinata and Kyosuke haven't graduated yet," he said in the interview. "They started their third year just when the story finished."
The full interview dives into the history of both Rival Schools and Star Gladiator (a 3D fighting series). Itsuno talks about how the concept for Rival Schools came to be, the designs of a few characters and how the ratio of male-to-female characters was higher in the series than in most other fighting games because of the game's high school setting.
[Source: CFN Portal via Shoryuken.com]
I'm excited about the return of any obscure fighting game series, but I'm a bit skeptical about Rival Schools. The characters and setting would be nice to see again, but Capcom would have to add a few twists to the game's actual fighting to make it interesting today.