Fighting game communities are extremely competitive, yet incredibly supportive and tight-knit groups. Whether the fan-base is driven by popular arcade-supported fighters like Tekken 7, or more console-centric brawlers like Super Smash Bros., it’s guaranteed that there are droves of online collectives for such games where players can share tips and tricks with one another in order to beef up their battle skills.
One such congregation that is never hesitant to be vocal about their opinions is the Street Fighter community. And today, according to myriad reports from its members such as Maximilian, Alex Valle, and Damien “Damdai” Dailidenas, the PlayStation 4 port for Ultra Street Fighter IV has had a significantly poor launch.
Apparently, the PS4 version of Ultra Street Fighter IV is experiencing a bunch of different issues, such as erratic stuttering during gameplay, tremendous lagging and slowdown while navigating menus, and input delay even if gamers are playing the title in its offline mode. Chances are that the PlayStation 4 iteration could be used for Capcom Pro Tour tournaments and events in the near future, but with a release this rough, it will most likely make the fighting game community cautious of adopting the port. And really, it doesn’t even matter if patches are eventually released to remedy the situation, because in the back of most fans’ minds is the question of whether or not more bugs are to come.
With work from Other Ocean Interactive behind the creation of Ultra Street Fighter IV for PS4, the game is not the first third-party port to have a sub-par launch. In fact, after its release, the PC version of Mortal Kombat X developed by High Voltage Software went through several weeks of patches and upgrades before actually turning into a stable, playable title.
The revelation comes as unwelcome news, mainly for those competing in upcoming Street Fighter IV fighting game tournaments such as Community Effort Orlando 2015 and Evo 2015, because both events have assured that the PlayStation 4 version is to be utilized. Bearing this in mind, such problems makes one ponder whether or not the title should have been ported for the PS4 at all.
It’s also notable that several years back, long-time producer of the series, Yoshinori Ono, vowed to stop at Super Street Fighter IV due to the mistakes Capcom has made in the past, like expanding the franchise with multiple variants of a single title. Plus, with Street Fighter V on the horizon as an exclusive for PlayStation 4, there’s also questions of whether Ultra Street Fighter IV for the current-generation console is simply overkill on Sony’s part.
Regardless, most of the blame lies with the developer and their lack of thoroughness in releasing the final product. And with Other Ocean Interactive also being the company behind the less-than-stellar War of the Worlds and the abysmal Sharknado video games, maybe it should have been expected that the initial release of Ultra Street Fighter IV for the PlayStation 4 would have a rocky start.
Ultra Street Fighter IV is available now for PS3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PC.