Combofiend: Guile's previous buffs in Ultra Street Fighter 4 would have pretty much made him unbeatable, so he got nerfed

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • May 6, 2014 at 5:52 p.m. PDT

Many people had wondered why Guile saw nerfs in the latest round of balance changes for Ultra Street Fighter 4, and Capcom's Peter "Combofiend" Rosas recently addressed this during a live stream.

"There are some buffs that went into these characters that actually accelerated them from the lowest of tiers, to the highest," said Rosas, about the overall balancing process.

Rosas was asked if there was any specific characters in regards to this statement, and he named one fighter in particular, Guile.

"Guile who's always been pretty decent, there were some changes that were granted to him that in the right hands would make him pretty much unbeatable," said Rosas.

"That's a concern to us, cause we want to make sure the game is indeed balanced and fun," he added saying that they looked at the buffs made to the character and maybe put in some new changes to address that.

"People were getting ready for these super characters, 'Here it comes, I'm just going to be invincible!' but that's not balance," said Rosas.

Story continues after the break.

"We had to minimize some of those buffs, and give [Guile] some nerfs," Rosas said, "Nobody wants to see nerfs," he noted, but added that sometimes it's just what needs to be done.

Combofiend said they're looking at the Japanese arcade release and feedback from players, but they're particularly trying to find things that might be deemed overpowered.

Also, the arcade release will eventually see Decapre, and the other balance changes, at some point.

On the T. Hawk vs. Blanka match up, Combofiend said that they tried to address how bad it was, and Hawk has plenty of tools to use now.

You can hear these details and more on GameSpot's latest episode of The Lobby which we've embedded below.

The segment with Peter starts at the 36 minute mark, and continues on for about 20 minutes.
Video from GameSpot.

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