Another year, another Street Fighter IV version for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
This new release is based on the gameplay updates and new characters included with the Japanese Arcade version released late in 2010. There was originally never going to be an updated arcade version but seemingly due to the success of SSFIV last year on consoles, Japan had it’s wish granted.
After this announcement, Street Fighter fans everywhere started thinking “when do we have to fork out for this then?” The answer is June 2011 – just over a year since the last paid upgrade. Ideas of a free DLC patch are washed away by the $15 price-point – and due to the gameplay tweaks it is unlikely you will be able to play the AE against SSFIV, as many previously thought would be possible.
The new features (straight from Capcom) are:
- New Playable Characters: Four new challengers enter the ring: Yun, Yang, Oni and Evil Ryu.
- Updated Character Balancing: Features all new character balancing, further refining gameplay.
- Updated Replay Channel:
- Replay Follower: Be able to follow up to 5 separate player replays making it easier to find your favourite players’ latest replay.
- My Channel Advanced: Allows players to distribute their replay data to up to 50 players.
- Elite Channel: Watch replay data from elite players who have a rating of 3000PP or more.
- All playable SSFIV characters will be unlocked out of the box, including Yun & Yang, Oni and Evil Ryu.
Set for release on June 7th as DLC for Super and June 28th in the shops as a stand-alone version for X360 and PS3 – PC owners may be surprised to hear that they will also be getting this version as a stand-alone release. PC release date is TBC.
I can’t decide whether to pay 1200 MSP for the DLC upgrade or trade-in my copy of Super and pick up the AE in the shops. A look at a few of the pre-order prices should help with this decision. I’ve not played Street Fighter IV in about a year due to Battlefield: Bad Company 2 taking up my online-multiplayer time – so maybe I should be a bit more patient with this release.
I think it’s great all the same.
See below for Evil Ryu squaring up against Oni Akuma: