For the past few days there have been rumblings about an impending Super Street Fighter IV announcement. Well today around noon eastern time, the press releases from Capcom were sent out, and we all received official word about the game. I’m sure at this point everyone has heard all the news about the update, and for fans of the storied franchise there’s probably plenty excitement in the air, but as fans or more importantly consumers should we be excited or pissed off?
Just as a quick rundown for arguments sake here’s some info from the press release about all of the new features and fighters.
“Super Street Fighter IV features the full roster of 25 characters from Street Fighter IV such as Ryu, Ken, Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuerte, and Rufus, while adding about eight characters new to the world of Street Fighter IV. The impressive new roster includes classic combatants from previous Street Fighter games like T. Hawk as well as all-new characters such as the mysterious and deadly female fighter, Juri.
Super Street Fighter IV adds new Ultra Combos and advancements to the state of the art online matchmaking and online gameplay introduced in Street Fighter IV with numerous additional features. Super Street Fighter IV takes many of the groundbreaking features introduced in Street Fighter IV and refines everything to deliver the ultimate vision of Street Fighter to fans the world over.”
Now anyone can tell you, how much I am absolutely loathe DLC especially when it’s overpriced or not of good quality (Oblivion horse armor I’m still looking at you). In this case however, why isn’t this whole “Super” addition an add-on rather then a full retail game? Did they revamp the graphics? No. Did they dramatically change the gameplay? No. Could these improvements and characters have been downloadable content? Oh, most definitely yes.
Not that long ago PC and Xbox gamer’s panties were all in a bunch when Valve’s Gabe Newell announced Left 4 Dead 2, not even a year into the original games cycle. What Capcom is about to do will most definitely not go unnoticed. It’s funny that this is coming from the same company who had DLC ready day and date with the Street Fighter IV launch.
It’s not even the fact that they’re not going to patch it in that has me upset, it’s the fact that it took this long to bring Street Fighter back into gaming and make it relevant again. And now following this awesome reboot of the series, Capcom is going back to the exact same strategy they used during the 90’s. That strategy is to come out with as many versions of Street Fighter IV as humanly possible until people either stop buying it, stop playing it, and stop caring about it or any combination of the three. It won’t be long before we see yearly updates to the game as if it were a sports game. Street Fighter IV will be the new Madden. So stay tuned as we wait for official word from Capcom for the announcement of Street Fighter IV: Supercalifragilisticexpyalodocious Edition hitting shelves in 2011!