Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Getting Free Balance Patch

It really needed it.

Yoshinori Ono has officially announced that Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition will receive a balance update. The development team is now working on making the changes and the patch is expected to release in the fall or winter of this year.

The good news is that this update for the PS3 and Xbox 360 will be free of charge. Ever since Arcade Edition was released the community has been complaining about how imbalanced the game is. The problem is that Yun is just too good of a character. It doesn’t help that a few characters have been nerfed as well. It’s weird because SSFIV was well balanced. It doesn’t make sense why Ono-san’s team intentionally changed that design philosophy.

Tomorrow is the SSFIV:AE finals at EVO 2011. It will be one spectacle that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Source: Seth Killian’s twitter

6 Comments

  1. Nice to see them listening to the complaints and sorting it out.

  2. Why wouldn’t it be free? It’s a patch.

    • Exactly what I was thinking, they’d have some nerve charging for it if they ballsed it up in the first place. Still good to see they’re not just ignoring the community.

      • I didn’t think they ballsed it up in the first place, from this translated quote of Monsieur Ono –

        “Arcade Edition, on the other hand, has some characters who were purposely made strong. The reason this was done is because Ono feels that having such a character helps to build community and competitive spirit.”

        and before that, they said they wouldn’t release AE on home consoles, precisely because it was unbalanced. so yes, definitely a good thing they are listening to the community.

    • I was about to say the same thing. Why make a big deal about it being free? Patches are always free and are typically implemented to fix problems that the developer failed to iron out during testing. A patch that isn’t free is called DLC and we already buy a ton of it. Sure, there are some ‘fan service’ patches that add features to game but an update to a games version (1.11, 2.3 etc) tends to be obligatory (for online play at least) and they can’t ‘make’ people pay for such things. If they charged for a patch to fix a problem that was their fault there would be nerd riots.

  3. I’e yet to get this.. been meaning to buy this to replace SSFIV

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