Update - Article now includes quotes from Capcom's Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas.
There's a sector of Street Fighter 4 fans that haven't been keen on the changes made to their favorite characters over the course of the game's evolution. Those fans were made very happy at tonight's SoCal Regionals event in Irvine, CA. A new trailer debuted, revealing that a new "Edition Select" feature would be included with Ultra Street Fighter 4, which allows players to take their favorite versions of characters from the entire SF4 series and use them in battle.
The character selection screen will prompt players to select their fighter, as well as which version of the game the fighter hails from. This includes Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v.2012, and the new iterations of the characters from Ultra Street Fighter 4 itself. For example, players can now use the original SF4 version of Sagat, before the character saw several changes made over the course of the series.
"We knew that stepping into this, it would be a very definitive version," Capcom community representative Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas told Shacknews. "It was something a lot of players would probably like. We did see a lot of requests for it."
There is a bit of a trade-off, though. New mechanics, like delayed wake-up and Red Focus will be exclusive to USF4 versions of characters, while older characters will not have access to any mechanics added to editions that succeeded them. So your SF4 Sagat will only have one Ultra at his disposal.
"We wanted to give you the character as they are," Rosas added. "If it's vanilla, you get vanilla. You get everything that entails that: the damage, the one Ultra, the frames. Whereas if you want to play the Ultra version, you get everything that Ultra entails."
Rosas initially stated that matchmaking lobbies would be segregated between those purely utilizing USF4 changes and those that implement Edition Select rules, though EventHubs has since revealed that Edition Select will be an offline-only feature. For more, check out the trailer below.