Street Fighter fans really set themselves up for disappointment on Ultra Street Fighter IV's fifth roster addition, and today Capcom delivered on it. Introducing Decapre, one of Bison's "dolls" which he kidnapped and raised to be his assassins and bodyguards from the age of 16. Or so it has been revealed in the Street Fighter comic series. For instance, Cammy is a doll, which only lightly begins to explain why Decapre looks almost identical to Cammy in many regards -- just not in play-style.
Yes, Decapre is, much like Evil Ryu and Oni before her, a semi-clone of Cammy. That is to say that many of her textures, her model, and plenty of animations have been taken wholly from Cammy. It's a strategy used by developers who bottleneck at the creation of art assets for their games, allowing them to bulk up their roster without creating uniquely visual characters. Let's just say some fans will be displeased with this, especially after Capcom built up and teased the announcement over the past months.
Luckily, as rather unclear in Decapre's announcement trailer, she plays significantly different than her non-masked counterpart. Unfortunately I'm not much of a Street Fighter fan so it's hard for me describe the differences. Most notable, perhaps, is that Decapres is a "Charge" character.
Ultra Street Fighter IV is the next evolution of the Street Fighter IV series, offered as both a digital upgrade ($14.99) for current Street Fighter IV owners and as a standalone title ($39.99). Digital launches in June, followed by retail in August. Ultra adds five characters including Decapre, who will be joining Hugo, Poison, Elena and Rolento. That's in addition to six stages, balance tweaks and some very interesting game modes.