Street Fighter IV Championship Mode is coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 sooner than you might expect, and we’ve got the first details about how it’ll all work.
The new Street Fighter IV Championship Mode — which will release for free on both PS3 and Xbox 360 — will let players compete in tournaments and watch replays of the best tournament matches. Capcom is currently planning to release the new Mode on Friday, April 24.
Street Fighter IV Championship Mode will let players compete in five different grades of tournaments based on their skill level. Players will score Grade Points (GP) for tournament wins, and as their GP total grows, they will be eligible to enter exclusive tournaments. Winning tournaments will also earn players Championship Points (CP), amount to “prize money” for the tournament. The higher the GP skill of the players in a particular tournament, the bigger the CP prize.
As for the Replay Mode, it’s pretty straightforward: players will be able to select and watch the best Championship Mode tournament matches. Who determines which are the best ones? Glad you asked, because it varies from PS3 to Xbox 360.
On the PlayStation Network, you can rate matches while you watch according to characteristics such as “awesome” or “funny.” Replays are then ranked based on these vote ratings.
On Xbox Live, instead of rating the matches, you can choose to download and save your favorite replays to study the players’ techniques. As a bonus, Capcom will allow players to turn on the input commands from both players so the gamer who downloaded the replay can review the button and joystick motions in precise detail. Presumably, the rating of each match will be based on the number of downloads.