EVO 2013 was more than hype, wasn't it? The best players in the fighting game community all converged in one spot for the biggest fighting game tournament ever. During this massive tournament, several video game companies took the time to make some major announcements.
Capcom, who's well known in the FGC, surprised everyone in attendance by unveiling the next update for its long running Street Fighter 4 series - Ultra Street Fighter 4.
Here's everything you need to know about the character patches, new characters, new stages and planned release schedule.
1. Major Balance Changes Are Being Planned for the Game's Roster
Capcom and the longtime producer behind the series, Yoshinori Ono, have listened to all the fans and made sure to offer some balance changes for Ultra Street Fighter 4. Every character in the game will come with several new additions (faster charging, lower damage output, health increases etc.) EventHubs.com posted the full list of character changes and other balance updates that's planned to come.
The video shown above is just a portion of the EVO 2013 Capcom panel, while the video below is the full panel presentation.
The video you'll watch below reveals the two newest system changes coming to the game - Red Focus Attacks and Double Ultras. More new system mechanics are expected to be announced later down the line:
2. 5 New Characters Are Being Added
Five new characters will be presented for this update of the game (click on each new combatant's name to see their solo trailer):
The fifth character will be a character who's never appeared in a Street Fighter game before. Stay tuned because we'll have an update who that new fighter will be sometime soon!
3. 6 New Stages Are Also Coming
Along with new characters, six new stages will be transported over from Street Fighter X Tekken to Ultra Street Fighter 4:
Mad Gear Hideout
Jurassic Era Research Facility
4. Brand New Modes Are Coming As Well
During the trailer for the game, Capcom revealed that a host of new features and playable game modes will be a part of this release. You can check out some of the new modes being added to the already expansive Street Fighter 4 modes seen in the offline/online modes.
One of the new modes that has been revealed is "Edition Select," which lets players play with past SF4 versions of each character. If you want to dominate with SF4 Sagat or Arcade Edition Yun, now you have the choice to do so. Check out the trailer for this new mode below:
5. It Will Be Released As A Digital Download and Retail Release
Sometime early next year, Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be available on several platforms as a digital download and a physical retail release - PS3 (PSN), Xbox 360 (XBLA) and PC (Valve Steam). The DLC version will cost $15, while the standalone retail release will cost $40. The physical release will feature all of the DLC costumes from past version of the game, as well as new DLC costumes for all the new characters.
Check out the pre-order DLC outfits and Ultra moves for the four revealed characters we've seen thus far below:
And here's the official arcade poster for the game as well: