Ultra Street Fighter IV may be a ways away from its expected June release date in North America, but Japan should be getting the game any day now. With the launch of the the next iteration of the popular fighting franchise, there's one thing everyone can count on -- an epic, techno, adrenaline-fueling, montage opening cinematic! Have you not had a cup of coffee in a few hours? Why not watch this video then, because it will perk everyone right up.
Featured prominently in the video, as expected, are the latest additions to the Street Fighter IV roster. I'm talking about Elena, Rolento, Hugo and Poison of course. Each of them has their own 5-10 second clip in the middle of the video with their own pre-rendered cinematic that stands out from the shadowy conceptual style the rest of the characters are shown in. Where's the last revealed character, Decapre? Well, as shown in the header image she's not outright featured in the video, but she is teased.
I know that these sorts of opening cinematics aren't necessarily of the highest quality. Hell, any single match in Street Fighter IV looks better than the action in the cinematic. Still, Capcom has got these openings down to an art. The mixture of techno that speeds up as the video goes on, the jump cuts between characters and the dozens of references to rivalries and bits of lore mixed in come together in a way other genres have to pine about. It's the perfect welcoming mat for players starting up the game. It makes me want to play Street Fighter right now.
Too bad it;s not available just yet. Pick up the Ultra Street Fighter IV update DLC starting in June or wait for the standalone version's launch in August. It should be ready just in time for North America's biggest fighting game tournament, EVO.