'Ultra Street Fighter 4' Release: Character Balances For T.Hawk [VIDEO]

By Luke Caulfield , Updated May 27, 2014 09:16 AM EDT

Without a doubt, the big news about Ultra Street Fighter IV is the addition of five characters, four of which we've seen before. But that doesn't mean that we'll get the same old versions of the remaining thirty something characters. Capcom has begun releasing a number of videos detailing the various changes coming to the original roster. Here, we'll be looking at the gargantuan T. Hawk.

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Despite his massive size, the bulky T. Hawk has been considered one of the weakest characters, falling in lowest tier of characters. But his changes for Ultra consist of only improvements, no downgrades, which should make him that much more threatening in competition. You can see the exact list of changes below:

* Crouching Medium Kick now special cancelable - the new ability to cancel the kick into various specials will allow him to keep pressure on the opponent.
* Light Condor Spite has faster start-up - allows for new combos and makes T.Hawk even more of a threat up close
* EX Tomahawk Buster now Focus Cancelable
* Improved input command and increased range for Raging Slash - with increased range and the improved input command, players will have a much easier time landing his Raging Slash Ultra.

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Capcom's Community Manager Peter "The ComboFiend" Rosas walks details the changes a bit more thoroughly in the video below.

In addition to character specific balances, the biggest change coming with Ultra will be the addition of five additional characters. Four are Capcom favorites who've appeared in quite a few games before -- Hugo, Rolento, and the gender bending Poison all made their debut in the arcade classic beat 'em up Final Fight. Rolento would cross over into the Street Fighter world alongside fellow Final Fight alumni Sodom, Cody, and Guy in the Alpha series, and Hugo and Elena would appear in Street Fighter III. In Ultra, they'll all be joined by newcomer Decapre, a Shadowloo Doll along the lines of Cammy, and Juni and Juli from Street Fighter Alpha 3. More info on each fighter at their respective links.

Apart from the new characters and balances, players will also get new stages, all of which featured in Street Fighter X Tekken: Cosmic Elevator, Mad Gear Hideout, Jurassic Era Research Facility, Blast Furnace, and Pitstop 109.

Ultra Street Fighter IV is set to release in a few different forms this summer for both PC and consoles. On June 3, gamers can get a digital upgrade (provided they already have Street Fighter IV) for PS3, PC, and Xbox 360 for $14.99. A full disc / full digital bundle will follow on August 5 for $39.99. PC gamers get access to the same bundle on August 8 for the reduced price of $29.99.

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