Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be more than just new characters

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Street Fighter 4 re-releasing itself almost every year now has become a joke on par with that of a Peter Molyneux over-promise. We’ve already had Super and Arcade Edition variants that tweaked the gameplay. And now we have Ultra Street Fighter 4 on the way. But don’t expect the game to be just another instance of slapping DLC together and selling it as a new package.

“Like the Ultra name shows, we’re aiming for updates that go beyond just adding new characters. For us, new characters are just the bare minimum of new features to add,” producer Tomoaki Ayano said to Famitsu via a translated interview from Polygon.

We plan to change it a great deal. With this project, we decided to make it a big update, a really ‘new SF4? in a way. When I say ‘change,’ though, I don’t mean we’re redoing combos or the whole structure as it exists now.

What we’re looking to do is get rid of the differences in character abilities that have established themselves throughout the series. I realize that some people are looking for new additions to the battle system, too-this is ‘Ultra,’ after all, so I’d like to do what we can in that way.

And Capcom isn’t done yet with balancing combat in Street Fighter 4, as Ultra will still receive numerous tweaks beyond its launch window. “I think the battle balance in a fighting game is something that needs to be constantly changing”, Ayano said.

This is just my personal opinion, but I like to see updates happen at just the right time to retain a sense of constant motion within the game mechanics.

I’m sure I’ll get feedback from gamers once Ultra IV is out for a while, and I want to use that feedback as much as I can to raise and nurture the game.

I still reckon that if you haven’t played Street Fighter 4 yet, then Ultra is most likely as good as any place to start with the reborn franchise which brought fighting games back from the edge of defeat in 2008. As for the rest of the Street Fighter fans out there, at least you’ll be able to get your hands on all those tweaks and balancing acts as a downloadable expansion pack, instead of forking out cash for the retail version.

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You know, at least until Ultra Mega Awesome Incredible Super Street Fighter 4 Turbo Arcade Edition is announced next year.

Last Updated: August 22, 2013

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

    Before Fox comes and says something, let me first say that I’m not one for fighting games. Just not my cup of tea/brannas

    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      But don’t you want to klap a bru?

      • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

        That’s why I have my right foot of justice, left warm klap of righteousness and right PK of facepalm.

        Left foot is to stand on when applying above 3.

        But seriously, I’ve jammed these games, but my boredom factor kicks in quite fast here bru

    • Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

      I usually just button mash in fighting games…

  • Hammersteyn

    I agree with “if you haven’t played Street Fighter 4 yet, then Ultra is most likely as good as any place to start” so no thanks. Been there done that.

  • Fnuik

    Off topic, but just saw this:

    They slashed the price after the announcement from SK

    • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

      Yeah, saw that. Genugtig

    • Hammersteyn


    • CypherGate

      hmmmm need to get me that

    • TiMsTeR1033

      thats flipping awesome hopefully the price in stores is closer to this!!

  • Rock789

    Um… no. Sorry, just not interested in this. After the new Mortal Kombat and the really good “Injustice: gods among us”, I’ve had my fill of fighters. And if I wanna play a good one, I will play one of those, thanks. 🙂

    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      But wait! I’m pretty certain there’ll be a new Naruto fighting game next year that is exactly the same as the previous ones!

      • Rock789

        True dat. But will it have the official “glitter body paint” add-on included?

      • RinceThisandbeAbsurd

        And probably another POKERMON… trololo! BOOM!

    • Kromas

      You can always start a fight club.

      • Rock789

        Now there’s an idea… I like it! Who’s with me?

        • Kromas

          By talking about it we have broken the first rule and therefore we can no longer be in the fight club.

          • Rock789

            Ah… Damn it!! I knew it was too good to be true!

    • TiMsTeR1033

      I really must get Injustice!! I played mortal kombat and was really good at buddies house… But Street Fighter 4 I traded in ages ago, Just wasnt my cup of tea, Id rather play tekken

      • Rock789

        Trust me – Injustice is worth it… If you enjoyed the latest MK, you’ll love Injustice. Really good beat-em-up.

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  • Brian Murphy

    If you haven’t played SF4 yet, the best place to start is King of Fighters XIII.

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