In typical Capcom Fashion, the company is releasing its third iteration of the fourth game in its infamous franchise, Street Fighter. Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition will be available as downloadable content for XBOX 360 and the PS3 on June 7th, 2011 for $14.99 USD. With this update, four new characters will be added to the playable character roster. Several balancing changes are due to take place as well.
To fans and owners of Super Street Fighter 4, this is very exciting news. However, a very important question still remains:
With so many other new and exciting choices available in the fighting game genre, such as Mortal Kombat 9 and Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, will the excitement surrounding Arcade Edition be enough to lure in new players?
The possibility of such an outcome doesn’t exactly look good. When Arcade Edition is released on June 7th, it will be available as downloadable content only. For the time being, any newcomers to the Street Fighter 4 scene will be forced to first buy Super Street Fighter 4, and then additionally purchase the downloadable content package. This is not exactly appealing to new customers. Both Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 and Mortal Kombat 9 are available in their complete forms in disc form in stores. These games are still new and have great appeal, as their communities and fan bases are growing day by day. More players in general means more players online. More players online makes for a more rich and successful gaming experience.
In this sense, the new content likely won’t bring in many new players, but it does have the potential to reignite the excitement for Street Fighter in its scattered fan base. With little change to the game in the past year, many Street Fighter players have begun to try out other games, perhaps even games in other genres. The new content is absolutely appealing and has great potential to catch the eyes of players who have been letting their copies of Super Street Fighter 4 collect dust on their shelves. The new characters, Oni, Evil Ryu, Yun, and Yang make for exciting new challenges. Those who joined the Street Fighter scene a bit late have the chance to learn the game’s new quirks and balance issues at the same time as seasoned veterans of the game.
In any case, Arcade Edition seems more like an attempt at a hearty addition rather than an eye-grabbing new entity. If this is the desired result, it will surely succeed. Street Fighter fans should be more than satisfied with the new content as they wait patiently for the release of Street Fighter X Tekken.