April 23, 2010 – Glendale, CA – Capcom announced their fan event to celebrate the launch of Super Street Fighter IV. After only being a bit less than a year since Street Fighter IV came out, it was great to see what improvements they had made on the game, and also, what kind of party they would host this year. The bar was set pretty high, considering the magnitude of the Street Fighter IV release party held February 12, 2009.
Hardcore fans were already in line as early as 1PM for the 8PM party, some decked out in their best Street Fighter attire! Cosplaying that long takes GUTS!
This year, we were treated to a slightly smaller scale version of last year’s original SFIV release melee. The space wasn’t nearly as large, however, so the long line outside was kept waiting for a few hours after the party started.
Inside, there was a complimentary “Bruise Bar” where fans could get the Street Fighter KO-ed look via the talents of make-up artists.
With multiple game consoles set up for fans to try out the souped up Super Street Fighter IV, the fans were appeased not only with video games, but also free pizza and cola. We were a little sad there was no alcohol available for purchase, but up in the VIP area, there were grown-up beverages available.
Of-note attendees include Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono, Japanese Street Fighter champion Daigo Umehara, US SF champ Justin Wong, and many of the US voice actors such as Matthew Mercer (Fei Long) and Kat Steel (Ibuki).
More photos and report details after the jump!