If there's one thing Capcom is still kicking ass with, it's Street Fighter IV. Rather than capitalize on the franchise and develop a sequel while Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition is still the top game in the fighting community, they're taking a different route. Instead, they're doing another big DLC update, adding five characters, six stages and more and offering it as a $15 upgrade. This is Ultra Street Fighter IV, coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in early 2014.
Capcom even announced it the right way, teasing the game at a panel on the second day of EVO and then making the full reveal and announcement prior to the Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition finals on-stage. Yoshinori Ono was in the house and made his presence heard. Heck, just watch the trailer and you'll see how much the fighting game community means to Capcom and the future of Street Fighter.
Just to recap, here are the planned editions for Ultra Street Fighter IV:
- Five new characters, bringing the roster up to 44
- All-new, unannounced character
- Six new stages
- Pitstop 109
- Mad Gear Hideout
- Cosmic Elevator
- Blast Furnace
- Half Pipe
- Jurassic Era Research Facility (dinosaurs?)
- Rebalanced Gameplay
- New modes and features, yet to be announced
- All previously released costume DLC (for $40 version of Ultra only)
Ultra Street Fighter IV will be available in two formats: a $15 upgrade for those Super Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition owners, or as a $40 full disc/download version. Only the full $40 version will include all of the currently released costume DLC, which by itself is worth a lot of cash -- if you're into that sort of thing.
Not much else to say beyond how exciting it is to hear that Street Fighter IV is going to continue to be supported by Capcom for the foreseeable future. The game just has so much life left in it, It'd be a terrible thing to see that cut short. Look forward to more Ultra Street Fighter IV information as we get closer to 2014. Coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Reveal trailer - YouTube