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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Street Fighter 4

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Street Fighter 4

Q: When will Street Fighter 4 be released?

A: Here are the current release dates for the various releases of Street Fighter 4.

  • Japanese Arcades: July 18, 2008.
  • American Arcades (Japanese machines shipped to North America): August 2008.
  • America: PlayStation 3, XBox 360: February 17, 2009.
  • Europe: PlayStation 3, XBox 360: February 20, 2009.
  • PC: July 7, 2009.

Q: What kind of PC will I need to run Street Fighter 4?

Required Recommended
OS Windows XP Windows Vista
CPU Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or better Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or better
Memory 1GB or more of RAM 2GB or more of RAM
Video Cards DirectX 9.0c / Shader 3.0
NVIDIA GeForce6600 or higher
ATI Radeon X1600 or higher
VRAM: 256MB or more
NVIDIA GeForce8800 or higher
ATI Radeon X1900 or higher
VRAM: 512MB or more
Sound Card DirectSound support
DirectX 9.0c or higher supported
Input Devices Mouse, keyboard Game pad:
XBox360 Controller for Windows XBox360 Controller for Windows

Q: When does Street Fighter 4 take place in the time line?

A: Between Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter 3. The official time line from Capcom is as follows.

  • Street Fighter - 1987
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 - 1988
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3 - 1990
  • Street Fighter 2 - 1993
  • Street Fighter 4 - 1994/1995
  • Street Fighter 3: Second Impact - 1998
  • Street Fighter 3: Third Strike - 1999

You can see there are some obvious games missing. Street Fighter Alpha 1 and SF3: A New Generation were essentially unfinished games as the second versions that came along (SFA2 and SF3:SI) were kind of like remakes, i.e. what Capcom wanted to put out to begin with so SFA2 replaces SFA1, and SF3:SI replaces SF3: A New Generation.

With SF2 the most current version of the game is what the canon currently follows, with the exception of Hyper SF2, so technically the most current version of the SF2 storyline is in SF2 Revival (GameBoy Advance) though that all may change when SSF2T HD Remix is released.

SF4 would have to take place in 1994/1995 since Ken's SF4 bio states that Eliza is pregnant (with Mel) during SF4, and in SF3: Second Impact Mel is 3 years old.

Clear as mud? Yep, it's confusing.

Q: Who is developing the game?

A: While Capcom USA currently owns the rights to Street Fighter, SF4 is being developed by Capcom Japan.

Q: How long has SF4 been in production?

A: Keiji Inafune gave the project the greenlight in 2005, though it's unknown as to what aspects of the game's development started back in 2005, or if the game was given the green light to start production at a later point and time (2006-2007).

Q: What does the game play like?

A: The game would best be described as a cross between Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, with a bit of its own stuff thrown in. It's a 2D fighter with a 3D camera, with the classic 6 button layout.

Q: What happened to M. Bison (Dictator) in the timeline? How come he's not in Street Fighter 3?

A: M. Bison was killed by Akuma at the end of SF2. Akuma performed the Shun Goku Satsu (Instant Hell Murder) on Bison which sent his soul to hell where it is constantly attacked by demons.

Some of this information was taken from the Street Fighter 4 FAQ on Capcom-Unity.


n1nja0fd3ath said on July 4, 2010 at 9:35 a.m.


CHUYMOSCA said on July 13, 2010 at 9:28 a.m.

Hey guys, need a little help here, I just got Super Street Fighter 4 for the PS3. I can't seem to execute Guile's Special moves. I've looked at the manual and honestly it doesn't make much sense to me. Anyone have any tips on how to better execute them?


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