I see a lot of folks asking about the alt costumes, so I decided it might be a good idea to make a thread where we can consolidate all the info. In this topic you’ll find a brief FAQ about the costumes and I’ll post information about the packs that are available. I’ll try to keep this first two posts updated with new information as it becomes available.
Also, if anyone has any questions they’d like me to add that are pertinent, please post them in this topic and I’ll update.
- What are alt costumes?*
Alt costumes are a way for you to display your characters in completely different outfits rather than simple color swaps. Each character gets alt costumes that you can buy from the (Xbox Live / PSN) Marketplace in packs. Unlike the Original costumes of each character, alt costumes come with all 10 (or 12 for Vanilla owners) colors pre-unlocked.
- Are they required? Do they boost my characters at all?*
These costumes are not necessary, nor do they provide any in-game advantages - they are simply cosmetic changes.
- How much are they? Are they sold in packs?*
They always come in packs of 5 (they cannot be purchased individually per character) and they will cost $3.99 per pack in the PSN Store and 320 MS Points ($4.00) per pack in Xbox Live Marketplace. No word on the cost of the Super Complete Pack.
- How many alt costumes are / will be available?*
At this time, there are plans for there to be one new alt costume for every character in Super Street Fighter IV. That is, every one of the 25 characters from Vanilla will get a new costume, bringing their total number of costumes possible to 3 (Original, Alternate 1 and Alternate 2), and the 10 Newcomers in Super will each receive an alt costume as well for a total of 2 (Original, Alternate).
- There are alt costumes from the last game? Will those carry over?*
Yes. You can buy them in a bulk pack with costumes for all 25 characters from the original game for $12.50 (this sometimes goes on sale). These costumes will carry over to Super. You do not need to have owned Vanilla to purchase these costumes and use them in Super. (Thanks TBirdSF4!)
- When will the costumes be released? Why aren’t they all out yet?*
Check my second post to see the full release schedule, courtesy of EventHubs.
- I bought a costume pack. How do I select them?*
For the characters that have new costumes, when you first select them a new option will appear above the Color, Personal Action and Win Quote within the selection box. You can choose between your original and alternate(s) by switching left and right.
- Do the alt costumes also get the Color 11 + 12 filters for people who owned Vanilla?*
Yes. They will apply the filter to Color 1 of the alt costume just like when you choose it for the original costume.
- Is there any way to unlock the alternate costumes without paying for them?*
No. The alternate costumes are only available through purchase through the Marketplace or through special redeemable codes (such as the pre-order bonus offered by some retailers and websites). There is no way to unlock them in-game without purchase, though you can always see other players using them online who have purchased them.