It looks like Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition will be released as DLC after all. This news comes in the form of a leaked trailer, which has already been removed from YouTube due to a copyright violation. Thankfully, I got a chance to watch the video an unhealthy amount of times before it was pulled from the web. It was awesome.
As expected, Super Street Fighter IV will be upgraded with all of the features from Arcade Edition. This includes adding Yun, Yang, Oni, and Evil Ryu as playable characters, in addition to changing the balance of the game. There’s even support for more alternate costumes (yay?). Capcom will also allow players with the AE DLC to choose between which version of the game they’d like to play. This basically allows you to play against someone that doesn’t have the expansion. Obviously, the additions from AE won’t be usable.
That’s not all. The online Replay Channel is finally getting an upgrade. There’s going to be a new “Elite Channel” added, which allows you to watch matches featuring players with at least 3000 PP. You’ll also have the ability to send your favorite replays to other players. The best addition, by far, is being able to search for specific people. In case you weren’t aware, the Replay Channel has always been random, essentially making it difficult to find great matches. Now you can easily stalk high level players and see what they’re doing at all times.
The trailer didn’t reveal a release date or a price point. Unless there are more leaks, expect a full announcement from Capcom next week.