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Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Coming To Retail, DLC

“After last April, when Super Street Fighter IV was released, we got a lot of requests and a lot of comments from fans letting us know what features they wanted to see if we were to do a sequel,” says Yoshinori Ono, the game’s producer. The result is Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, which brings four new characters and a variety of tweaks and enhancements to the game.

Players will be able to get their hands on Arcade Edition in one of two ways. First, existing Super Street Fighter IV players will be able to download the additional content through a DLC bundle. It’s scheduled for a June 7 worldwide release for $14.99. In addition to that, the Arcade Edition will be sold at retail near the end of June at a price “that won’t break the bank,” as Ono puts it. The game is also hitting the PC, which should come as good news for players itching to put their homemade arcade cabinets to the test.

In addition to four new characters—Evil Ryu, Oni, Yun, and Yang—a new robust replay channel has been added. The channel will allow players to track five of their favorite players, automatically downloading their most recent match highlights. In addition, onlookers can filter searches to only show replays from players with 3,000 or more PPs, providing a glimpse of how the pros do it. Players can save 50 files locally and share them with their friends.

Capcom is keenly aware of what kind of accidental effects this kind of DLC strategy could have, and they’ve taken steps to avoid problems.

“When you do something like this, a lot of times it’s easy to accidently splinter the community, because you have people with regular Super Street Fighter IV, you have people with DLC, the disc, etc,” says Ono. “Right now we’re looking at a situation where we have a community of dedicated Super Street Fighter IV players of between anywhere from three to four million people. The last thing we wanted to do is to splinter that community or harm it in any way, so we’ll be patching Super Street Fighter IV so they can have matchmaking sessions with people who do have the upgrade, so nobody is left out in the cold. Your copy of Super Street Fighter IV will be perfectly playable online; you’ll be able to play anyone who has any version."

 

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