Early concept art reveals that Abel was originally intended to be a smaller, androgynous Judo practitioner.
Gouken's inclusion as a playable character is an homage to the famous Sheng Long April Fool's joke done by EGM in 1992. His appearance is based on artwork done for second EGM hoax article in 1997.
The Morning Mist Bay and Beautiful Bay stages are based on Ha Long Bay, a famous location in the Quang Ninh Province of Vietnam.
The original version of Street Fighter IV is the only one that uses Indestructible as its title theme.
Connection to Other Media
The children that appear in Sagat's introduction originated in Street Fighter III: Ryu Final, a manga adaptation of Street Fighter III. Canonically, this means Sagat will retire from fighting and become a hermit sometime after the events of this game.
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