Streetfighter IV Costume Play!

Chun Li’s sporting some new threads in SFIV…

Some interesting recent developments in the arcade version of Streetfighter IV. Well, apparently, at least in Japan, the game will feature the use of a card system which will allow players to earn and save ‘points’ from fights. These ‘Battle Points’ can be used to promote the player’s ranking for bragging rights and all that jazz. Also, a kind of currency called ‘Zeny’ can also be earned, which can then be used in a cellphone-based store where players can buy their fighter alternate colors for their costumes, or even actual alternate costumes- like Chun Li’s China Dress above.

Apparently this is a bit of a backpedal from producer Yoshinori Ono’s initial statement that SFIV won’t have any Character Customization like other fighting games like Tekken 6, Virtua Fighter 5 or the upcoming Soulcalibur IV. I guess Capcom may have realized that their game- with a relatively small roster and offbeat newcomers with no customizations or extras was… how should I put it… BARE like an empty cupboard? Extra costumes and customs are cool, and they’re something players will come back to play for and build on their base charactes- it works with VF5 and Tekken 6, and it should certainly add to the replay value of SFIV.

This is a step in the right direction for SFIV, I think, which has so far been looking pretty blah for me. If they add in tons of outfits and new stuff, which should make it to the console versions, this may be something to look forward to. More on this as we get it.


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