Ultra Street Fighter IV Will Be Mysterious Fifth Character’s Fighting Game Debut

By on July 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm


During a quick interview with Craig Hunter of The Jace Hall Show, Capcom’s senior product manager Matt Dahlgren discussed some of the reasoning behind their decision to rebalance the Street Fighter IV series with the upcoming Ultra update. He mentioned that their biggest and most obvious goal is to make it so that unpopular characters can stand on equal ground in the competitive arena without nerfing the stronger ones, driving home the point that they are focusing on minor adjustments instead of huge, game-altering changes.

Feedback from the community has also been a huge part of crafting this update, with over 18,000 responses coming from the United States and Europe combined and Japanese fans sending in more than 12,000 themselves.

When asked about the unannounced fifth character, Dahlgren was obviously very light on details, but did provide one more hint concerning their origin. While we already know that this mystery fighter will be making their first appearance in a Street Fighter title, this will also mark his/her first fighting game debut altogether. Apologies to fans clamoring for Haggar, Rival Schools characters, or any of the similar crossover possibilities out there…doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

Make sure to check out the full article over on The Jace Hall Show’s official website.

Source: The Jace Hall Show via NeoGAF

  • theSN3S

    Well, my Batsu dream is over. A perfect opportunity to revive Rival Schools…down the drain….*sniff* next time, next time. *sniff*

    • Rahavic

      I share your feels ;_;

      • LD

        me too TT___TT

    • Mike Pureka

      I’m right there with you. Except I wanted Akira instead of another fireball/uppercut character. πŸ˜‰


    Please.. No gems.

  • Ricky Brown

    Still might be Asura… But I hope not.

    • Edu Alonso Carrasco

      Already denied by Ono on twitter πŸ™‚

      • Ricky Brown

        Well good πŸ™‚

      • martin rush

        ono says alot of stuff.

        • Edu Alonso Carrasco

          Meanwhile I’m just asuming that what he says is true. We all know, it is Capcom we are talking about xD

  • Edu Alonso Carrasco

    Well, NO HAGGAR! YES!

    • theSN3S

      Indeed. I happy for this news, lol. and technically Marvel 3 was Haggars first appearance in a fighting game.

      • ZenTzen

        it wasnt, Haggar appeared first on slam masters, and that game was pretty much a mix of Fighting game/wrestling game

        • ReddChief78

          But it’s not a fighting game so NO

          • metaxzero

            But Marvel vs Capcom 3 IS a fighting game. So no Haggar.

          • ReddChief78

            Lol talking about Slam Masters bro the guy thinks it’s a fighting game

          • Lol yeah I know right what with its two sides fighting until one falls like *every other fucking fighting game.*


          • samael789

            The second one was a straight up fighting game.

          • O. G. King Haggard

            Slam Masters II was more of a “legit” Street Fighter style game, and besides, the more obvious point is, he was in MVC3.

        • taitaisanchez

          He was also in a little game called Final Fight Revenge.

      • Whether you want to consider Slam Masters a fighting game or not, its sequel Ring of Destruction definitely was one. But more importantly, Haggar was also in Final Fight Revenge. BA BANG

    • Nomad

      I’m glad for that as well, Haggar would’ve been a boring addition. He’s one of those characters people love to ask for, but ends up rarely played; he barely gets played in UMVC3 as it is we don’t need him in SF.

  • Chase Flowers

    Go Hibiki! #GoUltraGoHibiki.

  • CGMNaniwaTiger

    Even though Ono denied it, with Haggar out I only see Asura as a possibility. I don’t think we would be getting a brand new character.

    • theSN3S

      Its all over the place. Ono already said Asura isn’t it. Aaaaand…i don’t think he’s trolling about that one.

    • O. G. King Haggard

      If you only see Asura as a possibility, you’re not thinking hard enough.

      And of course Ono also has said “it’s not Asura.”

  • Gabu

    Leon S Kennedy? …Kappa? πŸ˜‰

  • lucas centurion

    resident evil character? i dont know

    • onReload

      been a few of those in Marvel…

    • GreggD

      Rookie Cop Leon S. Kennedy

  • Rahavic

    Damn so Saturday Night Slammasters bodies the Mayor, and no RS/PJ characters that blows ;(

    Just please no Shin/Mecha/Dark/Evil/Violent *existing character here* plz Capcom!

    • Gethoff Mahfacebuk

      Those would still fall under “characters that have appeared in a fighting game” regardless of adding more adjectives/power levels

      • Rahavic

        Good point and thank god lol

  • Jerrod Branson

    It better either be Lucia or Dean from Final Fight 3, if not Launchpad from Ducktales.

  • Kfang

    Let’s go monster hunter guy! (one can only hope)

    • Kelvin Mitchell

      Would be perfect for mvc3

  • quartercirclebak

    /whistles God Hand theme

    • Gethoff Mahfacebuk

      Dragon Kick your ass into the Milky Way!

      Milky Waaaaaay!

    • choE

      Oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man, ohhhhman!

  • Tyrone Nomorewhitechicks Riley

    Still should have been Skullamania

    • Guest

      Not owned by Capcom. Please stop asking this

      • samael789

        Yes. Yes he is. Unless things have changed or someone at SOTA was lying, Capcom and Arika both own equal stake in the SFEX characters.

      • Tenmakujinkyaku

        No, this needs to be done. Skullomania was one of the coolest characters ever made, i don’t care if hes not owned by capcom. They need to buy his ass.If i can’t get skullomania, I want a new EX game!!

        • O. G. King Haggard

          Nobody short of like twelve guys is going to get excited/hyped at a Skullomania announce. Sorry.

      • Glenn Vaughn

        …That wasn’t a question

  • Ravepulse

    I keep thinking Nilin from Remember Me.

    • Oniros
    • Inan

      Thank god it’s not a character unrelated to Street Fighter.

      “Thujal: Terrified the 5th character is going to
      be another Cole / Mega Man / Asura and not related to Street Fighter.
      And Dinosaur stage? In Street Fighter? Really?!?

      David Hinds: [The fifth character is] very much related to Street Fighter, so you won’t need to worry.”

      • StunningBiceps

        Where did you get this quote. I seriously hope it’s true. I don’t want a weird cast member

      • taitaisanchez

        It’s going to be fucking Goutetsu.

        I swear to fucking god

        Or Eliza

        or Gou Hibiki

        • O. G. King Haggard

          Eliza is a debutante, not a fighter. Dan’s dad and Goutetsu are both dead… like, even deader than Gouken was, so it’s unlikely. Plus, regarding Goutetsu, I don’t think even Capcom would dare to stir up this much excitement and anticipation only to release Another Shoto.

          • taitaisanchez

            You mean like how Gouken was dead?

            Also Eliza was a joke.

            Ill laugh if its one of the dolls or something. But my first thought of it being Goutetsu was the character was very much a part of SF history. So. Goutetsu

          • O. G. King Haggard

            Gouken was less dead than Goutetsu. It’s all very scientific.

    • bavobbr

      hmm could very well be. they have the 3D model

  • XxStoicmonkeyxX

    Calling it, Gene from Godhand. Ultra top tier!

  • ZeroMayhem

    So does God Hand count as a fighting game? Gene would be a fantastic addition (and a huge long shot to be honest).

  • Jake Klippert


    • Travis Lynn

      There was an Onimusha fighting game. Onimusha Blade Warriors.

    • O. G. King Haggard

      Tatsunoko vs. Capcom had the guy from Onimusha 4. Plus I don’t think Onimusha has been relevant in at least five years.

  • Mark Imakebeats Ford

    leon keneddy

  • Nullspace

    Gotta be Nilin from Remember Me. Dat combo system…

    • Gethoff Mahfacebuk

      Sadly this is probably the most likely answer, cross marketing and all.

      • Cross marketing? Everyone seems to have forgotten about Remember Me already (hah!), so I struggle to see how relevant it’ll be in 2014.

    • Jadty

      This might be the most plausible option. Wouldn’t be surprised if it were her.

    • Tenmakujinkyaku

      that would be awesome, did you by ay chance see that mod of her?

      • Nullspace

        That was pretty cool. Unless they want to throw us a curve and suddenly Gunloc from Slammasters shows up (which would be GODLIKE, btw), I’d be willing to put money on Nilin being the 5th.

      • Rahavic

        I gotta say that stage looks ok like that in the mod without those god awful dinasour models in the back.

  • sebaEGG

    Let’s think crazy. I say it’s Axel, from Megaman X

    • Edu Alonso Carrasco

      I would love to see him, but his handgun is his primary attack, which renders him as way too OP for SF ._.

  • MikaiGamer


    • Sir0Slick

      Not owned by CapCom~

  • wes yoshida

    Yes, my Gene dream moves on. πŸ™‚ If he actually gets in I’m changing my main character, even if he somehow manages to be more complicated to learn than Gen.

  • Michael_Glade

    megaman x confirmed

    • There is no correct adjective to express the size of my want.

  • Fuzzy Bunny

    So I guess Cyber Akuma is out. I was hoping for another evil shoto, personally.

    • Michael_Glade

      8 wasnt enough?

      • Fuzzy Bunny

        8 was more than I wanted. I forgot front page was for serious posts only.

  • FallenStarscream

    I want Gene from Godhand.

  • RomanceHD

    The Fifth characters name will be CombOno Haunts and will be a 29 year old former receptionist/porn star that learned to fight by buffing and nerfing his attacks at will. He stands around 6’3 and weighs in at 240lbs . His race is actually unknown but my made up rumor has it he was born in Gasglow, UK. His personality is matches that of a mix of Arturo Sanchez and Filipino Champ and his rival is Dan for secretly being jealous of him because Dan is awesome.. with some long back story that goes before the events of Alpha 2, he’s also not really sure what his purpose for fighting is yet. Now we just need ideas on what his Ultra 1 and 2 are going to be this is where I ask you guys for help.

  • Durant27

    Looking back at Capcom and Gouken origins, I really have a feeling that the 5th is some fan made character. We always heard about Ryu and Ken master who was killed by Akuma but never met him until SF4. Right now, my belief is Violent Ken but that is only because I am unaware of any other SF characters who are attached to the series but was never playable…

    • Andy Tarbell

      i have no idea what you’re trying to say

      • Tenmakujinkyaku

        Its Dans Father

      • Durant27

        Sorry. To put it simply, I think Capcom is going create an Evil Ken. They will examine characters that players have talked about over time but ones that we never saw in the game. Gouken was like that. If unaware, try finding history of Gouken on youtube.

    • Tenmakujinkyaku

      Go Hibiki.

  • Corey

    thank god its not haggar… i would be really disapointed

  • Razberryclownsac

    I don’t anything about This Is Me, but Violent Ken is another interesting guess I’m hearing. Although I don’t now how I feel about another shoto

    • Andy Tarbell

      As someone said above, Ken is still Ken no matter how many adjectives you put in his name. Also highly unlikely he would fall to the dark hadou.

      • ReddChief78

        The person above don’t work for Capcom so it’s likely but someone should ask on twitter will it be a Violent,Shin or Mech character something like that

      • Razberryclownsac

        It’s been confirmed its not him now anyway. Someone making a fighter debut.

  • Quan Chi

    DD or Rook!

  • SonicTHP

    Terry Bogard with a mustache.

    I would be surprised by the mustache too.

  • DJKlaxx

    Nintendo tries to rebalance a franchise and make it even for everyone, they’re the bad guys.
    Capcom does it, they’re fucking heroes.

    GG FGC.

  • Karon Greed Gillespie

    :O am i the only one that wants to see Shun(Ryu’s brother from the Alpha movie) finally become real?

  • Bijyu

    Its Vipers kid.

    • samadriel

      It’s Blanka’s mother!

  • HatredInfinite

    Strider Hien. Hey, a guy can hope, right?

  • Rohan Mayers

    It is Sub-Zero.

    • Sub Zero has, in fact, been in fighting games before. πŸ˜‰

  • hentaiking

    since ducktales remastered is coming out it’s obviously scrooge mcduck

    • samael789

      I’m… oddly okay with this.

    • hentaiking

      here comes a new challenger

  • Andy Tarbell

    Mecha Justin Wong.

  • metaxzero

    And there goes the Mike Haggar cries.

  • GreggD

    I really hope it’s Jason Voorhees, just so I can see the outcry all over again. It was exquisite last time.

  • AiRiC

    ok well this narrows down my list to 3
    King Cobra
    Go hibiki

  • Gouken’s daughter. A charge shoto. Do eet.

  • Brandon Peaches

    no sub zero…….. Leon S Kennedy. calling it now.

  • Yogsagath

    OK it is decided it is Gene from God Hand.

    • Obanye

      yes it is desired

  • Obanye

    How would the remember me character play? some sort of hybrid grappler setup zoning character? I never played the game, only seen videos.

    • Yogsagath

      I think she could be a grapple rekka character with a projectile, that would be weird.

      • RazingPhoenix

        So, like ABA without a blood pack mechanic? But then again, she does have some install-esque thing in RM. Now that I think about it, an ABA like character would be cool.

  • Guest

    He says “first appearance in a Street fighter title”. So maybe it already appeared on another fighting game without “Street Fighter” in the title… who knows

    • ZenTzen

      no what he said was fighting game debut

  • kaeblade

    It’s Dan’s dad. πŸ˜€

    • Yogsagath

      Well back from the dead and ready to eat some tigers… to the face.

  • BruceLeo

    “First Appearance in a Street Fighter Title”. Well, actually Haggar never appeared on a Street Fighter title. MVC3 has no “Street Fighter” in the title…. who knows….

    • Sir0Slick

      Read on, friend. First appearance in a fighting game. Haggar is out.

  • Oniros

    Guys…it’s Ono. It has to be. Capcom is known for trolling the fuck out of everyone.


  • Fist Hokuto

    What if it is goutetsu I mean they freakin brought gouken back why not him.

  • Obanye

    Its going to be Ono-san in a blanka costume that switches from different characters from round to round like Moko-jin called Trolno-jin

  • beastcuit

    its Daigo…… Ryu’s son πŸ™‚

  • erikdigital

    As unpopular as it might sound, I’m putting my money on Nilin from Remember Me.

    • For some reason, I’m sorta betting on that as well but I don’t know……

  • DrKrazy

    My Guess would be “Asura” from Asura’s Wrath. The team did a lot of extra work to make him playable via DLC for the Cyberconnect title. Not to mention it would give him a Proper Fighting game debut. And he was technically never in an official SF game. And lastly it would go a long with their whole Copy/Paste technique they utilized for the other four characters.

    • PlayingKarrde

      Pretty sure that one’s already been officially debunked on Twitter.

    • The Pianist

      Already deconfirmed by Ono himself.

  • TheWetWorks

    well I guess that just leaves… the Shop Girl from Forgotten Worlds!!!

    • Kleylson Cavalcante

      She’s in Namco X Capcom. So, it’s deconfirmed.

  • dima

    you must defeat sheng long to stand a chance

    • Rahmel Bland

      You are about 4 years too late on that one.

      • dima

        Yeah I’m late.. I’ve never played SFIV. Gouken isn’t Sheng Long.. he’s just influenced by him. Capcom can easily make a brand new Sheng Long character.

        • Rahmel Bland

          Sheng Long never was a real character. Sheng Long was just a mistranslation of Dragon Punch. Ken and Ryu’s master and Akuma’s brother has always been Gouken.

          • dima

            Yeah dude I know.. I’m the one that posted the image. Since Sheng Long has never been a real character, maybe that’s what Capcom has up their sleeve this time around.

          • Rahmel Bland

            I guess I’ll just agree to disagree. They even call Sheng Long “Gouken” in the article you posted…

          • dima

            The article I posted was an April Fools joke.. not an official Capcom release, and even if it was from Capcom, doesn’t mean they can’t change their minds 20 years later. Look at Ermac from Mortal Kombat, originally came from a color glitch that produced Error Macro. Noob Saibot is just the creators names backwards.

            You have a more probable guess?

  • Barlton Canks

    Super Mario

  • Christopher Aizen

    It could be a Tekken character. Who knows?

  • Sockbat25

    Zubaz, the storm is coming

  • niggat1ve

    new character confirmed

  • niggat1ve

    or maybe it will be a motorcycle from moto gp D:

  • Rahmel Bland

    I hope it’s one of the discarded character designs like “King Cobra”, why we got Rufus instead of King Cobra design…I’ll never understand. Most likely it’s probably going to be another Shoto, like Gouken’s daughter. Of course if she has a unique play style like Gouken, I guess that wouldn’t be too bad.

  • Albirieo

    Godhand Gene let’s go!

  • Alexis Monsivaiz

    Hmm, I wonder if we can count on people in a character’s backstory. For instance, one of the many clanmates of Ibuki, or Hakan’s wife. Intriguing possibilities.

  • Michael Lupton

    Ok then…. Maybe that evil Lawyer guy from the next Phoenix Wright or the dude from Ghost Trick… If they don’t go with a whole new original character I’d love to see them pull another of their franchises in the universe…. Actually I am really hoping for the first one so we can have a case in the Phoenix Wright series where you are defending Cody….

  • heatEXTEND

    MUH Q ;_;

  • Pooh Hardy

    its……colonel saunders

    • Ale Gerbes

  • Wowseriouslydudes

    If that character is street fighter related, and not been in a fight game before, maybe Goutetsu?

  • Glenn Ray Brooks

    wait by “never being in a street fighter game” or “”never been in a fighting game” wouldn’t that mean that background characters like blanka’s mom be exempt? I also assume that the character is a capcom exclusive one.

  • Player1

    Obviously, Evil Daigo.


    This still allows for some Captain Commando, Magic Sword, Knights of the Round and other CAPCOM non-fighting game characters.
    Kill the Asura talk. Ono denied that possibility…

    • beat

      Captain Com is out of the question. He already debuted as a fighter in in MvC.
      This fifth character will be someone who’s on previously released Capcom game but has not yet been on any fighting games.

  • Nomad

    Personally I think don’t Street Fighter is suited for guest characters like Soul Calibur is, I feel that if a character enters SF, it should be as a legitimate part of the roster, and games canon, even if it’s character from another game it should be like how Guy and Cody may have been part of Final Fight, but they are also legitimate members of SF; We don’t need any one time only characters. Whoever it is they need to really fit SF, nothing to strange. To bad it’s not Batsu or Kyosuke, they’d fit like a glove.

  • Zonnex

    Could be Tom, Alex’s friend and mentor. Makes more sense considering this is a prequel to SFIII. After all, Tom is to Charlie since he was Guile’s friend and mentor.

  • Baleoce

    Steel Samurai, or Pink Princess xD

  • BlackMasamune

    Gene – Godhand or Ieyasu Tokugawa – Sengoku Basara

  • It would be funny if they brought someone from one of their old games like “Simon” from Cannon Spike but that’s likely not to happen. At any rate, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be some recent character from another franchise who probably would fit into SF.

  • foozlidol

    well im guessin… shun or sadler from the alpha movie

  • O. G. King Haggard

    All signs point to King Cobra.

  • Nuky Nikka

    My fight money’s on Ken from Street Fighter 2010 for NES…
    Ok I’m kidding…

  • Dominicruz

    morrigan for the new darkstalkers

  • Simply Chun-believeable ^_~ β™₯β™₯

    Good News: No Haggar
    Bad News: No returning Rival Schools/Powestone characters.

    I’m out of guesses. Hey guys, maybe, just maybe it’s a new character all together. Like C. Viper/Abel/El Fuerte/Rufus in vanilla, and Juri/Hakan in Super. Makes sense doesn’t it??

    • Kleylson Cavalcante

      Will be a joke/troll character. Ono-San.

  • RaiiN

    SPOILER ALERT!!……………it’s Ono

  • BubbaChiefJohnson


  • Isaiah DeLaGhetto

    My guess is asura from asura’s wrath, now that would be dope!

  • longriflejack

    so wait Im confused… The mystery character in SFIV Ultra will not be a new Original character like juri or hakkan; but instead a already conceived & established character that has never appeared in a fighting game?……. Personally I would have preferred to see another past fighting game character like Remy from SFIII come back, or a all new character like juri or abel, be created from scratch.

  • beat

    I agree with some of the comments here. It’s more than likely Gene from Godhand. He’s the only Capcom character who’s never been in a fighting game before but is actually a melee fighter himself and comes from an action game that involves beating up folks. He’s the most suitable candidate for a spot at the SFIV rooster.

  • doubleO7

    My picks:
    Gene (Godhand)
    Regina (Dino Crisis)

  • O. G. King Haggard
    • O. G. King Haggard

      She was in Ryu’s stage in 2nd Impact.

  • RJ

    I’m thinking that it’s going to be a giant bug from Lost Planet. Only possible option. Think about it. I suppose I’d be willing to consider an airplane from 1942.

  • Kleylson Cavalcante

    Well. It’s a chance of the 5ΒΊ character will be a JOKE CHARACTER.

    Ono in SF4. Wrote my words.

  • JabShort


  • Christopher Lyons

    I was going to say Barry Burton before i saw that event hub new quote. now i think its going to be Dans Dad

  • Chaos_Knight

    Megaman X? He wasn’t in a fighting game. >.>