Info on Street Fighter IV's 3 new characters: Rufus, El Fuerte & Seth. Translated from Japanese Famitsu article.
Rufus' background story:
Rufus fights with a self-taught style of kung-fu, and is the (self-proclaimed) number one martial artist in America.
He feels a strong rivalry against Ken, and wants to fight Ken to find out who is actually stronger once and for all.
Always rushing to conclusions, Rufus has defeated many people who Rufus mistakenly thought was Ken.
Upon command, Rufus jumps into the air and drop kicks down with all of his weight. The angle of the flying drop-kick depends on the strength of the kick button used. Savior Kick will go into another move if another kick button is pushed after the initial command.
+ Short Button- Rufus will do a Somersault Kick that will combo from Savior Kick.
+ Forward Button- Rufus will do a Low Sweep upon landing.
+ Roundhouse Button- Rufus will jump into the air again upon landing to do an overhead kick (can not be guarded low). Roundhouse and Forward versions can be used as a mix-up to break the opponent's guard.
Rufus does a fast body-spin while utilizing the momentum to end with a deadly palm strike. There will be hit-box properties during the body-spin animation, which will deal multiple hits when standing next to the opponent. If Strong or Fierce Buttons were used, you can adjust Rufus' distance of movement during the spin animation with joystick input. Also, Galaxy Tornado has the property to wipe out projectiles.
EX version of the move will suck the opponent in closer during the spin animation.
Snake Bite Nature-
Rufus will jump into the air and deal multiple attacks with his finger strikes. Although this is an anit-air move, the attack will only come out after the jump. If you wish to stop the opponent's air attack, you should do this move early.
Spectral Romance (Super Combo)-
Upon execution, Rufus will start doing multiple attacks in the same spot, while the opponent is in stun he will jump behind them to finish with a double palm Ki strike.
Space Opera Symphony (Ultra Combo)-
Multi-hit combo move with punches and kicks, launches opponent in the air and ending it with a double palm Ki strike. This is Rufus' most damaging move.
A luchador. He has many fast pro-wrestling moves as opposed to Zangief's powerful moves. Confuse your opponent with the deadly air moves of Lucha Libre.
El Fuerte's fast forward advancing dash move. The dash can go into different attacks with the follow-up input of different buttons; there are many variations for the follow-up, like over-heads, low attacks, and throws.
+Jab Button- Instant Break: Breaks and stops instantly during Habanero Dash. This is mainly used as a faint for Habanero Dash.
+Strong Button- Tostada Press: Jumps into the air and does a body press. The fall of the body press is very fast, making it hard for the opponent to counter this move.
+Fierce Button- Fajita Buster: Jumps in the air and falls just like Tostada Press. If the opponent is under El Fuerte upon landing, he'll do a acrobatic Lucha Libre Throw. Although, you can not throw your opponent with this move if they are crouching.
+Short Button- Backstep: Backsteps during the dash. Also used to bait the opponent just like Instant Break.
+Forward Button- Gordita Sobat: Does a sobat kick during dash. This move can be connected into his Super Combo.
+Roundhouse BUtton- Kalamare Sliding: Does a low ground slide from dash. Knocks down on hit.
Habanero Back Dash-
+Jab, Strong, Fierce Buttons- Same as Habanero Dash.
+Any Kick BUtton- Picadillio Jump: Does a wall jump from the dash. You are able to go into different actions from this move.
Dashes forward and does a body ram. You can do this by holding any kick button for a certain amount of time and releasing it. The longer you hold the button, the more likely you will dizzy your opponent. Knocks down on hit for the EX version.
Guacamole Leg Throw-
Jumps diagonally up catching the opponent and smashes them to the ground. Used as anti-air.
El Fuerte Dynamite (Super Combo)-
Does multiple body rams then jumps in the air to finish with a body slam.
El Fuerte Flying Giga Buster (Ultra Combo)-
Jumps forward with a set distance, does not track. The move connects if the opponent is under where El Fuerte lands. Throws opponent in the air and ends with El Fuerte slamming the opponent to the ground.
Seth "the Puppet Master":
Seth is the CEO of S.I.N., the company in charge of Shadowloo's Weapon's Division. Seth has willingly reconstructed his body (with cyborg parts?). With the various martial arts data Seth has gathered, he has the ability to modify them and use to their fullest potential.
He hates being a "back-up substitute body" for Vega (Bison in US), Seth plans on taking over Shadowloo.
Following is a interview with the game's producer Ono, basically describing the location test in Tokyo and Osaka.
I'll translate the important info from the interview:
Many surveys were taken ever since the AOU show. Ono has also taken surveys directly from the test players by talking to them. With the new characters in this location test, the game will now under go final game balancing.
When asked if there will be any more characters, Ono answered: "I think we did our best with the location test this time (brining out the characters).... I think!"
When asked about the release date, Ono says the game is in its final balancing stage, and have not gone into production yet.
When asked about if this will be the final location test, Ono mentions there will still be beta-tests on the part where the game connects with cellphone sites, but as for the arcade location test he thinks this will be the last one.
Ono also mentioned that they are doing their best to balance out the game and politely thanks all the players for waiting for SFIV.
Editor's Note: The above is info translated from the original Japanese Famitsu article, by me. The credits link is to the google translation of the original article. The google translation usually has wrong wording and very hard to understand, which is why I decided to translate it myself.
Some known and un-important info are omitted, mostly on the Producer Interview (basically omitted chitchat but all the important info are there). All the names for each move should be correctly translated except for El Fuerte's move "Kalamare Sliding", because I can not think of a Mexican related item that has the sound Karamare. (Karamare in Japanese can be translated to "Tangled-up")