Ultra Street Fighter IV is the latest update to Street Fighter IV. Coming in 2014, it will contain all of the content of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, as well as six new stages and an additional five characters. All returning characters will see balance tweaks and adjustments.
Of the five new characters, four of them are coming from their appearance in Street Fighter X Tekken. The fifth character, who had been hinted to be a female character previously seen in Street Fighter media but not as a player character, was revealed on March 16, 2014. This character turned out to be Decapre, one of Bison's Dolls from the same project that Cammy, Juli, and Juni were all part of.
Prior to the release of USFIV, Capcom hired Fighting Game Community member and high ranking tournament player Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas, who's primary role for the game was the rebalancing of characters as seen in a video series on YouTube.
- Ultra Combo Double (or Ultra W) allows characters access to both Ultra 1 and 2 and to choose to use one or the other during a fight with reduced damage (Either 75% or 60%).
- Red Focus is a more powerful version of the Focus Attack from previous versions. Unlike regular Focus Attack, Red Focus absorbs multiple combo hits including EX fireballs and Ultra Combos. While normal focus is free to use and costs 2 bars of the super meter to cancel out of a special move into a focus attack (and then into a dash, commonly known as Focus Attack Dash Cancel, FADC), Red Focus costs 2 bars to use and a 3rd bar to FADC out of.
- Delayed Wake-up allows players to determine when their character gets up from the ground, putting an end to a lot of characters attacks on a rising opponent which are determined by a random element and not skill.
In local multiplayer matches, the player will now have the ability to not only select a character, but a specific version of a character from previous Street Fighter IV editions. For example, a match could be set between an original Street Fighter IV Ryu and an Ultra Street Fighter IV Ryu.
Street Fighter IV (Ultra 1 and original stats)
Super Street Fighter IV (Ultra 1 or Ultra 2, Introduction of Juri, Hakan, T. Hawk, Dee Jay, Adon, Cody, Guy, Ibuki, Dudley and Makoto, plus balance changes for the original cast)
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Introduction of Yun, Yang, Evil Ryu and Oni, further changes to original cast and the first balance changes to the new SSFIV characters)
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition - Version 2012 (Balance patch which levelled the playing field for all current existing characters.)
Ultra Street Fighter IV (Ultra 1, Ultra 2 or Ultra W, introduction of Elena, Hugo, Poison, Rolento, Decapre, plus widespread gameplay mechanic changes in addition to mechanic changes for characters and balance changes for the entire cast)
Six stages from Street Fighter X Tekken will be added in the update. All of them have will have reworked backgrounds. The stages are:
- Blast Furnace
- Cosmic Elevator
- Half Pipe
- Jurassic Era Research Facility
- Mad Gear Hideout
- Pitstop 109