Other notable Capcom fighters, including Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter II Turbo, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2, have managed to find their way into digital distribution, but one popular effort remains missing: PlayStation classic Rival Schools (and its sequel, Project Justice, released for the Dreamcast).
Capcom’s spokesperson Chris Svensson notes to Destructoid that, unfortunately, rights issues are keeping the game from digital goodness:
“There are IP clearances and rights we no longer have (particularly pertaining to voicework/soundtrack I believe) so our IP management group has told us it can’t be re-released.”
It should probably be noted that Capcom figured out a way to release Tatsunoko vs. Capcom on the Wii, a true licensing nightmare here in the US. Of course, legal stuff has a weird way of making itself nearly impossible to decipher to the average person, so who knows if rights even could be obtained in the future.
As such, Rival Schools remains available in its only home release on the original PlayStation, a fine port for sure, but also somewhat limited. Fans have snapped up copies on the Internet for years, and probably aren’t willing to part with them anytime soon either. Looking around, eBay prices hover in the $30-$35 range, so while not prohibitively expensive, it’s still more than the likely $10-$15 Capcom would ask digitally.