The North American, European, and Japanese releases were available in Standard packaging and in a Collector's Edition variant. The Collector's Edition was available only to the console versions of the game, and came with a figurine (Crimson Viper for Xbox 360 owners; Ryu for PS3 owners), the animated short called The Ties That Bind, game soundtrack, and a Prima hint guide with illustrations by UDON.
|Cammy (Home console version)|
|Dan (Home console version)|
|Dee Jay (iPhone/iPad version)|
|Fei Long (Home console version)|
|Gen (Home console version)|
|Rose (Home console version)|
|Sakura (Home console version)|
|Seth (Final boss)|
The game takes place a few months after the events of Street Fighter ll but before the events of Street Fighter III. The S.I.N corporation began another fighting tournament in order to draw out powerful fighters to complete the BLECE project. Each character ohas their own reasons for entering this tournament, but S.I.N.'s real desire is to lure Ryu to them in order to analyze the Satsui no Hadou, believed to be the last piece of data needed to complete BLECE.
The tournament is publicly organized by S.I.N., apparently using preliminary matches and a point system to determine who is allowed to enter (as shown by the conversation between Seth and his lackey about how Dan Hibiki was able to "squeak by with just enough points to qualify").