The initial arcade roster of Street Fighter IV contains all the fighters found in Street Fighter II with a handful of rookies like Rufas. However, the number of playable characters may be greater than the sixteen characters Capcom revealed thus far. In an interview with Famitsu, Yoshinori Ono, the Producer of Street Fighter IV, mentions new characters might be coming to home versions.
No specific characters were announced, but Famitsu has concept art for Fei Long and Dan. These “new” characters could come with the retail release, but Capcom also has the option of using microtransactions to sell extra characters from their moderate sized database of previously used characters.
Personally, I would pay for Akuma, Fei Long, Eagle and Ibuki. Are there any characters you would pay extra for?
Images courtesy of Capcom and Famitsu.