Ultra Street Fighter IV is set to be the final iteration of Street Fighter IV. To make this the ultimate version of the game, not only did Capcom add a host of new features but they went deep into the actual mechanics of it in order for it to be as balanced as possible.
In order to balance out the game, Capcom took comments from over 32 thousand players into account. During the Spring of 2013, Capcom compiled as much data as they could and started the process of trying out some of the requested changes. Some made no impact while others completely altered the game so they needed to work hard to see what fit and what didn’t. After all of this was done, several location tests of Ultra Street Fighter IV were held across the world in order to see how people felt about all of the changes. This process took a further six months.
There are a few lowest ranked characters that just couldn’t compete against the highest ranked ones. This became even more evident during official tournaments where certain characters just weren’t able to compete. These characters were reworked a tad bit in order to make them more competitive. For example, characters which are naturally more defensive were given some offensive tools in order to make them more balanced and fun to play with.
In addition to the balances being introduced, the game will feature five new characters: Poison, Hugo, Elena, Rolento and Decapre as well as six new background stages and new game modes.
The game will be available digitally on June 3rd for $14.99 on the PSN and XBL. Those who pre-order before that will receive the 2014 Challengers Costume Pack which will have one exclusive costume for each of the five new characters. Players should note that they need to already own Super Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV AE in order to use the digital version of Ultra.
A retail version will be available on August 5th for $39.99 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This is the full version of the game and it will come with all previously released DLC costumes. The digital upgrade and retail copy for Steam and PC will be released on August 8th.