A very interesting question was posted recently in the Ask Capcom forum at Capcom Unity. It pertains to something that has happened to me once or twice in Street Fighter 4. Capcom's Seth Killian answers the question.
Hey there, could you guys tell me how ranked matches will work? I'm not talking about the points system, but how the matches will be setup. Will it be a standard 2/3 rounds like most other fighting games for ranked, or will it be the same as sf4?
One of the reasons I hated ranked matches in sf4 is because people would create 1 rounds, 30 seconds matches. Even when I thought I was joining a standard game, the host would change the match settings in the lobby to make it 1 round 30 secs. It's why I stopped playing ranked and went to championship since at least that mode has standard match settings.
Will capcom fix this issue for ssf4? You should only be allowed to change settings in player matches, so a lot of us were disappointed with sf4's ranked match system. I hope Capcom is aware of this and made the neccesary changes.
SETH KILLIAN'S REPLY:
It's not yet decided. Some elements of the team like the option to have different kinds of matches, and I kind of see where they're coming from, though if someone wants to be the champion of 1-round, 30 second matches, I want the records to reflect the kind of match-types they're winning, instead of lumping them all in to the same pile. I think this would solve the problem and produce some fun stats.
Source: Capcom Unity