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Decapre revealed as fifth new character for Ultra Street Fighter IV

Posted on March 17, 2014 AT 02:21pm

Over the weekend, Capcom revealed the identity of the fifth and final character being added to Ultra Street Fighter IV, putting to rest nearly nine months of speculation.

The release of Ultra Street Fighter IV is a little complicated, so here’s the basic rundown. In early June, anyone who owns copies of Super Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition on Xbox 360 or PS3 will be able to upgrade to Ultra digitally for $14.99. In August, full physical copies of the game will hit for both platforms for $39.99, along with PC digital upgrade ($14.99), PC full digital version ($29.99), and PS3 full digital version ($39.99). If you purchase the retail console version, or the full digital version on PS3 or PC, you’ll receive all previously-released DLC costumes.

That fighter? Decapre.

For those of you responding to that with a confused “who?”, let me let Capcom’s official press release for the announcement answer your question:

“Making her first brief appearance in a Street Fighter game as a non-playable character inStreet Fighter Alpha 3, where she was seen as one of M. Bison’s Dolls, Decapre now joins the fight! Although a partial mask hides a giant burn mark located on this Russian beauty’s face, challengers will be scarred by her quick and elusive scramble moves as well as her psycho power infused attacks, which allow her to share her pain with her opponents. Players can get their claws on Decapre and the rest of the all-star lineup in Ultra Street Fighter IV when the game begins releasing in June 2014.”

In the latter months of last year, I posted on this very site how I was pretty convinced—as many others were—that it’d end up being Decapre. And, the last time we talked about this subject, I said that even being 95% sure that’s who it’d be, I’d still be a little disappointed if I was right.

And, yes, I am a little disappointed. Not a lot—the other roster additions are awesome in my eyes—but I still held out hope that it might be some exciting, totally unexpected addition. Karin. R Mika. Alex. (Okay, sure, I knew it wouldn’t be Alex, because we were told it’d be a she. But still, Alex was the main character of the SF3 narrative. What does he have to do to get some love?)

On a positive note, Decapre at least looks like a fun character—and that’s what matters most. Being a charge character, she’ll play quite differently than Cammy–and looking at the list of tweaks that she’s still going through gameplay-wise, the differences between her and her fellow Doll should be even more pronounced by the time that Ultra hits.

Still, nine months of wait for what is lovingly known as a “headswap” in gaming can’t help but sting a little. Even with producer Yoshinori Ono telling fans not to get over-excited for the reveal, how can you not after waiting so long? Why build so much drama over a character like Decapre?

Oh well. I’m still going to buy you and play the heck out of you, Ultra Street Fighter IV. And maybe I’ll ever give Decapre a go every now and then.

Also—c’mone Capcom. That tease at the beginning of Decapre’s reveal trailer was just rubbing salt in the wound, and you know it.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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