Ultra Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition Version 2015 The World Warrior Generation’s Third Strike
Earlier this month, during Evolution 2013, Capcom unveiled Ultra Street Fighter IV, touted as an expanded update that offers its fanbase more than a sweeping set of balance changes. As of recent, it seems the community is divided on how the next project should be approached. A lot of players feel content if the characters were simply rebalanced, while others desire a breath of fresh air.
With the new iteration of Street Fighter IV, we have something that people honestly take for granted: new discs. This might be a small thing to most people, but it made me think back to an incident that took place about 3 months when my copy of Street Fighter IV was damaged during a get-together; and it took multiple attempts to install the game onto the hard drive. Opting for a preowned copy was the only viable option as new copies are no longer being produced. I called my local GameStop to find out that not only were they completely out of copies, the entire statewide was scarce too.
Perhaps, I am just old fashioned, but I prefer owning physical copies due to my habits of going to friend’s houses and sharing the game with them, but I hate lugging my system around. Another good reason is because with the addition of new copies back on the market it’s easier to bring new people into the Fighting Game Community and expand the audience.
A wildcard that’s being included in Ultra Street Fighter IV, consisting of six Capcom-based characters and six stages from Street Fighter X Tekken. The roster consists of Poison, Hugo, Rolento, Elena, and a secret 5th character.
Fans have dismissed the “new” content as a mere copy/paste job, which lead Peter “Combofiend” Rosas and David “Dawgtanian” Hinds to acknowledge: “We’re certainly working hard on them, definitely not the copy/paste job that everyone seems to think it will be.” With a rebalance and the addition of five new characters, I am looking forward to seeing how people will cope with how things have changed.
One significant highlight revealed at Evolution 2013′s: all the DLC costumes (which hold a retail value $40), will be included for free. In my opinion, this was a great marketing move, as it offers players a greater diversity to distinguish their favorite characters. This may be a minor thing to some, however, especially since the retail copy will only cost $39.99 and those who opt to upgrade previous editions will only have to shell out $14.99 for the digital upgrade. Personally, I already have all the DLC costumes,but I am certainly willing to buy this new edition to show support.
Many will undoubtedly see this next release as nothing more than a blantant cash-cow exercise. However, speaking as a tournament organizer and dedicated player, I am thrilled at Capcom’s still taking steps to keep the scene from becoming stale and stagnant. My hope is that some reading this will consider my perspective and keep an open-mind that it’s imperative our community remains fruitful and active.