Capcom’s Ultra Street Fighter 4 to include “Select” Mode
Capcom’s fifth iteration of Street Fighter 4, now carrying the new pre-fix “Ultra” (because Ultra > Super, obviously), is set to drop this June and comes packed with a new, and certainly interesting, game feature. The popular fighting game will now include the ability for players to select any of the previous titles “versions” of a character, before silly things like “balance” and “fairness” got in the way.
This opens the floodgates for what Capcom has dubbed as dream matches, allowing players to use their favorite renditions of fighters to battle head to head. The new mode certainly sounds exciting, but calls Capcom’s judgement into question once again. In the realm of competitive gaming, balance between characters is key in preventing the use of broken mechanics from devaluing the overall experience of the game.
Though it is almost a certainty that this new “Select” mode will be banned, at least to the extent of certain characters on the tournament scene, this says little for standard online play, which may devolve, and become a playground of those seeking to exploit this new game-play element.
In any case, it will come down to June’s release of Ultra Street Fighter 4, and the judgement of the fans as to whether or the feature is a success. We can also wonder how this will affect sales and move copies if it is and if the newly introduced characters are worth taking notice.
What do you think about this new feature? Are you excited for the potential of using the best versions of your favorite fighter in Ultra Street Fighter 4? Sound off in the comments below.