An Introduction to the USFIV Omega Mode Characters: Part 2

Oct 31, 2014
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Wussup guys?  If you’re hype for OMEGA Mode — I know you are — then you’re in luck as Ayano-san sent over a ton of new information on many changes to the character’s attacks! Hit the jump to check out the new moves, a recap of the “Wild Costumes” and Capcom Pro Tour Asia from Game Start 2014 in Singapore!

Hey everyone, Tomoaki Ayano here!

Last week I was in Singapore for the video game expo GameStart 2014. As you might have heard, we showed off some new costumes there, so today I’d like to talk about those and also bring you Part 2 of the Ultra SFIV Omega Edition introduction. First up, more Omega character info!

Balrog

Gigaton Blow: A powerful EX follow-up to Balrog’s EX Dash Straight.

The Gigaton Blow uses three bars of EX meter, so you’ll need full meter to pull it off after an EX Dash Straight. Maybe this could be just the move you need when you want to put your opponent down for the count…

You can’t really hit-confirm it, so you’ll have to think of good ways to land it.

Horn Breaker: A command throw.

Balrog goes all-in with head blows. You could call this a special move version of his Dirty Bull. It dishes out quite a bit of stun.

Balrog also has new options for his close and long range attacks, making him into a more aggressive character.

My inspiration: A wild bull with giant horns.

Vega

Rose Thorn: A new variation that can be triggered from Vega’s Barcelona Attack. As the name suggests, this is a sharp, dangerous kick move. It can be performed after flying over an opponent’s head, making it a difficult move to read. You might get hated on for using it. Heh heh.

Ryu: Is this gonna be the throw? Or the claw attack?!

Vega: Rose Thorn!

Crimson Crucify: A version of EX Rolling Crystal Flash that uses two bars of EX meter. This is a rushing multi-hit move that does big damage.

Though Vega mainly specializes in single-poke attacks, now he has a multi-hit combo that does big damage too.

We always conceptualized Vega as a character who is strong in the air, so we wanted to expand on that concept.

My inspiration: An even thornier Vega.

Sagat

Tiger Raid: A kick combo that finishes with a powerful flying kick. This is very similar to the move from the Alpha series.

This move can be linked from a medium kick, so if you’ve got the meter you can look for ways to hit it after one of those. And since it sends the enemy flying, you can use it to help push your opponent into a corner too.

Sagat also has target combos and feint moves, making him a character who can use his legs pretty freely. And with his projectile he can keep up the pressure at both close and long range.

My inspiration: Sagat going beyond the title of The Emperor of Muy Thai!

M. Bison

Psycho Crusher Omega: A more powerful version of the Psycho Crusher that uses two EX bars. After hitting his opponent with the Psycho Crusher, M. Bison can pound his enemy with an uppercut for an explosion of Psycho Power!

After the hit he even gets his trademark pose in! This also counts as a hit!

Psycho Sever: A new move—the fierce and EX versions give Bison the overhead he’s always wanted.

Now you can repeatedly pressure your opponents with Double Knee Presses, and then break through their defenses with the Psycho Sever.

The properties of Bison’s existing moves have been changed, and with new command normal and special moves you’ll have fresh new ways to play Bison!

My inspiration: The evolution of a dictator!

Akuma

Syura Rengoku

During the forward-moving kick version of Ashura Senku, use two bars of EX meter for another version of the Shun Goku Satsu. Trick opponents into thinking it’s a normal Ashura Senku, then hit them with a surprise attack!

There have been many changes and additions to Akuma’s EX moves, starting with Hyakkishu. Try some of them out and it won’t take long for you to discover that you’ve got a completely different Akuma on your hands.

My inspiration: Akuma having a lot of things to do in the air!

Gouken

Fudoshin

A striking attack that can be used in combos. It doesn’t have a whole lot of reach but it comes out fast and doesn’t cause a lot of pushback, making it easy to use in combos. You can also use it together with EX Focus Cancels to create various new combos.

Pictured above is the EX version. It’s not only powerful, but also causes crumple stun.

Now you can send Gouken’s EX Hadoken flying in three different directions depending on your button combinations. You can use this in combos, and it’s also good for keeping your opponent in check.

Gouken’s versatility has really improved. Take a good look at all of his moves and choose the play style that’s right for you.

My inspiration: Gouken with a stronger ground game!

Seth

EX Sonic Boom

 

EX Sonic Boom stays still on the screen for a bit before flying towards the opponent. I guess you could call it a set-up move.

Follow after it to apply the pressure, or…

Use a Yoga Teleport while the Boom is holding to teleport behind the opponent for a mix-up.

And there’s a new special move too—the Chariot Tackle! Use it for new combos!

 

Seth has always had a lot of moves, so we’ve balanced them to make them easier to use.

 

My inspiration: Seth coming at you from both the ground and the air.

So, are you getting a clearer picture of what Omega Edition is all about? All 44 characters are getting changes that will further emphasize their individuality. Next week we’ll be covering Abel, Viper, Fuerte, Rufus, Cammy, Fei Long, Dee Jay, and T-Hawk. The theme is “New Challengers—SFIV/SFII!”

Now, to change gears a bit, at GameStart 2014 in Singapore we showed off the “Wild” series of costumes. The animal-themed costumes in SFxT were a hit, so we’re bringing that theme over to USFIV. Let’s take a closer look at the five characters we showed at the event!

This is Ryu.

A Japanese-style wolf. Just perfect for the lone wolf that is Ryu.

Here’s Cammy as a fox.

The English-style clothing goes well with the fox look.

Like me, you may have no idea who this is when you first see it, but take a closer look and you’ll realize that it’s Dudley. The bulldog look really brings out his aggressiveness.

The goat version of Gen.

The goat look preserves the image of an old warrior, and his chilling stare is a kind of scary. This costume suits Gen’s background as an assassin, don’t you think?

 

And last but not least, octopus Hakan!

So Hakan is all about being oily and slippery. We were thinking, “What animal goes best with that…?” And everyone unanimously agreed on an octopus! Heh heh.

And once he oils up, he’s going to be even more octopus-like! I love it!

We still haven’t finalized the release date for Omega Edition, but as soon as we do we’ll be sure to let you know.

Speaking of GameStart 2014, we held the Capcom Cup Asia Pro Tour finals there. Taking the crown was none other than Japan’s own Daigo Umehara.

 

Oh yeah—check out the picture below of the huge USFIV LCD display that was in the event’s escalator hall! Pretty cool, huh?

Anyway, that’ll do it for this week. Next week we’ll bring you more new Omega Edition info. See you then!