Capcom Acknowledges Severe Ultra Street Fighter IV Problems, Pulls Game From Tournament

by Mike Futter on May 28, 2015 at 04:42 AM

Ultra Street Fighter IV is out this week on PlayStation 4, and at $25 it sounds like a good deal. The game runs at 1080p and 60 frames per second, corrects input lag from previous versions, and includes all previously released DLC. It would be an easy sell to fans, if it didn't have so many problems.

Some of the issues include stuttering and flickering (reminiscent of the 8-bit ang 16-bit days), sound problems, graphics glitches for some moves (including Guile's Sonic Boom), and more. EventHubs has a gallery of some of the worst offenders.

As a result, Capcom issued a statement acknowledging the problems. The company is working on a patch, but because of the issues has pulled the game from its own tournament, the Capcom Pro Tour.

For those experiencing issues and wondering about a patch, we are aware that you are experiencing problems with the PS4 version of USFIV, which was published and developed by SCEA’s Third Party Production group. SCEA and Capcom are currently looking into the issues that some users may be experiencing and are working to resolve them as quickly as possible. We will continue to provide updates on our progress.

A lot of our more competitive players have wondered how the USFIV version of PS4 will affect them and the tour. To that we'd like to advise that the integrity of the Capcom Pro Tour is a top priority for us and we will continue to work with tournament organizers worldwide to ensure that the highest quality event will be run. Each region will maintain its current hardware standard for the remainder of the 2015 Capcom Pro Tour until otherwise announced. We will keep you updated as to when the PS4 version of USFIV will be integrated into the Pro Tour.   

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay tuned for future information.

We'll update as more information is available about a patch for these problems.

[Source: Capcom, EventHubs]


Our Take
Ultra Street Fighter IV follows a troubling trend of games shipping broken. Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Assassin's Creed Unity, Driveclub, and now Ultra Street Fighter IV have all chipped away at consumer confidence. I've written about broken games before, and I'm disappointed every time something like this pops up.