No balance patches currently planned for Ultra Street Fighter 4, blood and gore will likely prevent a crossover with Mortal Kombat

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • July 4, 2015 at 7 p.m. PDT

No balance patches currently planned for Ultra Street Fighter 4, blood and gore will likely prevent a crossover with Mortal Kombat

Rounding out our discussion with Capcom at E3 2015, we asked if there were any plans for additional Ultra Street Fighter 4 balance patches.


"At this moment in time, there isn't any," Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas told us.

"The possibility may exist after Capcom Cup, but right now we're fine with the balance," he continued.

Capcom added that this is the most balanced version of Street Fighter 4 that has ever existed.

"It's really hard to tweak a game that the community has told us is the most balanced," Rosas said.
These statements back up a recent poll we ran where over 60% of the participants said that USF4 was the most balanced version to date.

"If you look at tournaments, you're seeing characters that never had a shot appear in top 8. You're seeing El Fuertes and T. Hawks," Rosas said.

"Mago won Hyperspotting, which is a premiere event, with Yang. We haven't seen some of these characters show up since Arcade Edition," he explained.

Rosas noted that you're seeing a lot more diversity in tournament results, and players who are character specialists are getting further than they've ever gotten.

"I think that speaks volumes about the balance of Ultra Street Fighter 4," concluded Rosas.

Vs. games and a Mortal Kombat crossover

Next up, I wanted to tackle a subject near and dear to many in the fighting game community, the Vs. series.

I spoke about how the Vs. fighting games have been immensely popular with the FGC, but in recent times Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3's tournament numbers and interest had been decreasing.

I wondered if Capcom had anything they could share on the subject, or if this was the end of Vs. titles for the foreseeable future.

"Right now, our focus is on Street Fighter. That's really our premium franchise, we want to make sure we get that model done perfectly this time around," Capcom's Matt Dahlgren told us.

"Who knows what the future holds. I know UMvC3 is a great game, and we loved working with Marvel, so the door is always open for the future — but right now our focus is on Street Fighter," he said.

Closing this out, we've heard rumors about a Street Fighter vs. Mortal Kombat title for decades now, but obviously nothing has come to fruition.

I asked if this was something Capcom could ever see being a reality, or if the blood and gore pretty much prohibit that possibility from ever happening.

"From my own perspective, I think the blood and gore would rule it out," expressed Dahlgren. "I believe that Street Fighter is really a family friendly franchise, and it's about the integrity of fighting games on a competitive level.

"I know people would love to see it, but we are really focused on Street Fighter right now and what it brings to the FGC through its own campaign," concluded Dahlgren.

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