Why Fans Should be Angry with Capcom’s Street Fighter V Arcade Edition: Producer Yoshinori Ono repeatedly stated that Capcom would Never offer Updated Versions of the Game!
Capcom has today formally announced an updated version of Street Fighter V in the form of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.
The new version of the game will let new players access an all-new Arcade Mode, all 28 characters released for the game so far, new V-Triggers, and more content yet to be announced.
The publisher has also confirmed that anyone with a copy of Street Fighter V will also have access to all the new gameplay content (including new modes and V-Skills).
However, if existing players of the game want to access the bonus DLC characters, they’ll have to complete in-game challenges and use the in-game currency Fight Money to access them.
The official press release states:
“DLC characters in Street Fighter V [are] earnable completely free of charge through completing various in-game challenges and receiving earned in-game currency, called fight money. For those who just can’t wait to unlock each piece of new content, content can also be obtained instantly using purchased in-game currency.”
The Arcade Version of the game will set you back $39.99 (RRP), but if you were to buy the base game and the two Season Passes available right now, you’d have to commit roughly £55 to the cause (at the time of writing, on PSN, Street Fighter V’s Deluxe Edition costs £55).
This edition of the game nets you both Season Passes and the main game.
So should owners of the base game feel short-changed by the release of the Arcade Edition – especially after Street Fighter V producer Yoshinori Ono has repeatedly stated that Capcom would never offer updated versions of the game.
However, that promise is largely intact: the Arcade version of the game isn’t offering you anything that you won’t be able to get in the base game once the update is out.
The only difference is the availability of characters.
The DLC characters can still be unlocked for free – even now – in the base version of Street Fighter V, but it takes time… more time than most casual players have.
If you bought the base game and want access to all the characters (without having to sacrifice hours of your time for the pleasure), you have to complete challenges, or complete various Missions or run-throughs of Survival modes to grind out currency that’ll let you buy more characters.
A NeoGAF user came up with an elegant solution to grinding out Fight Money in order to acquire the DLC characters in as little time as possible. It’ll take you a good number of hours over a good number of days, but it’s possible to grind for the DLC.
So should you be angry at Capcom for seemingly going back on its promise and releasing an Arcade Edition version of the game?
It depends on what kind of Street Fighter player you are. You don’t have to put any time online in order to fill out the roster, but you do have to commit hours of your life to the game in order to acquire them.
You could spend £15 and £25 on the season passes respectively to quickly unlock the new fighters, or you could drop another £40 on the Arcade Edition to get the ‘complete’ version of the game at launch next year.
Either way, it feels like with the new version of the game, Capcom is releasing the version of Street Fighter it should always have released: one without server problems plaguing its online, one with a serviceable Story Mode, one with a vs CPU option actually included in the game at launch.
If you’re new to Street Fighter V, this is a great place to jump in – at great value. But if you shelled out the ~£50 for the standard edition at launch, and now you’re seeing a more polished game get more characters for less money, you have every right to feel a little short-changed by Capcom.
You can read more about Street Fighter V Arcade Edition below.
Here’s the official product description:
Current players of Street Fighter V and future owners of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition will be placed into the same player pool, with PlayStation 4 and PC cross-platform play continuing to unite fans into a unified player base. The initial Street Fighter V purchase is still the only one that consumers need to make to ensure they always have the most up-to-date version of the title. All of the post launch gameplay content, such as the DLC characters in Street Fighter V, is earnable completely free of charge through completing various in-game challenges and receiving earned in-game currency, called fight money. For those who just can’t wait to unlock each piece of new content, content can also be obtained instantly using purchased in-game currency.
- Arcade Mode – Choose from six different paths themed after classic Street Fighter games.
- Gallery – Unlock hundreds of illustrations as you play through Arcade Mode.
- Extra Battle – Complete timed challenges to obtain exclusive costumes throughout 2018.
- New V-Triggers – Each character will have two V-Triggers, adding even more depth to the combat system.
- New Visuals – The user interface is being redesigned with new color schemes, revised menus, and exciting pre-and-post-fight effects.
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is coming to PS4 on January 16, 2018.