Various Ultra Street Fighter IV versions get release dates and pre-order costume incentives

Ready for the ultimatest version of SFIV (hopefully)? Capcom has announced release dates for Ultra Street Fighter IV, and they are as follows: digital upgrade versions of the title will release on June 3rd for the PSN and June 4th for Xbox Live, and retail versions will release August 5th for the 360 and PS3 (the full digital version of USFIV will be available for the PS3 then, too). Both the digital upgrade and full digital bundle for PC will be out on August 8th through Steam.

Poison says, "YAR, 'TIS TRUE!"

Pre-order USFIV at select retailers and get access to the 2014 Challengers Costume Pack. This pack includes alternate costumes for the five new combatants: Jungle Elena, Medieval Hugo, Pirate Poison, Wizard Rolento, and Gladiator Decapre. The pre-order promotion starts today and more info on the retailers participating will be revealed in the coming weeks, so check out these sites for more information.

Leonardo DiCaprio wants his iron mask back

Adding five characters to the roster brings the total number of playable fighters up to a whopping 44, with six new battle environments joining the existing stages (one of them is called Cosmic Elevator, which I hope has T. Rex’s “Cosmic Dancer” as the background music).

Dapper as all hell

Onto pricing: if you own Super Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition for the 360, PS3, or PC, you can download the digital upgrade for $14.99. The full digital version of the game is $29.99 for PC and $39.99 for PS3. The retail versions for the PS3 and 360 will also be $39.99 (no full digital download will be available for the 360, though). Gamers opting for the retail or full digital versions of USFIV will receive all previously released costumes for the series, which is good for guys like me who never bothered to spend money on costumes in the first place!

Though a compelling argument could be made for this Hugo who looks like he belongs in Guilty Gear

Check out a trailer below which showcases all the alternate costumes for the new characters. Anyone picking this up? I’m going to wait and shoot for the retail version of Ultra Street Fighter IV, myself.

Here's Elena challenging Sheva Alomar for the "This Costume Might Be Racist, Capcom " award

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