The fighting genre is alive more than ever these days, with big releases like Injustice 2 and the new Mortal Kombat, along with even more fighting games on mobile. So it is only normal that Capcom wants to get on that train as well. The Japanese company announced the release of a new version of their most popular fighting game Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. According to the announcement, players will get to test the latest update on January 16, 2018. It will include all content from first two seasons of the game, and there will be a broad range of changes when it comes to gameplay.
There Will Be 28 Fighters, and One of Them Is Still a Secret
The roster of the new SF5 will have a total of 28 characters. That means all the first fighters will be included, as well as those that arrived in the DLC. However, if you do the math, you’ll notice that there’s one more secret character. We pretty excited to see who the last character in the roster will be, but gameplay changes are what attracted our attention.
Each Character Will Get another V-Trigger
At the moment, each fighter has a V-Trigger, but Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition will introduce a second one for all of them. If we are to believe the announcements from the developers, that will considerably change the playing style of each character. That, in turn, means that you will need to get familiar with every fighter again. Even if you owned the main game and perfected playing with Ryu, for example, you might need to relearn him or perhaps find a different one that suits you more.
Street Fighter 5 Will Offer Two New Modes
It seems that Capcom is putting a lot of effort in the new Arcade Edition of the game, considering that they are also implementing two new game modes. The first one of them is Extra Battle, which will allow you to fight unique enemies and win some fight money. For example, you will fight golden-colored Shadaloo soldiers, as well as enemies that have alternate costumes designed primarily for this mode.
Arcade mode is the second addition to the game, and it was made for all nostalgic (and just a bit older) people who remember old SF games. It will allow you to play the stories of the six previous games and feature a comic panel for an ending with each character. Capcom implements this mode as a way to commemorate 30 years since the first appearance of Street Fighter.
Other Features You Need to Know
As for other features, perhaps the most interesting is the gallery. More than 200 artwork pieces with unique illustrations wait if you if you complete particular requirements. Capcom also overhauled the battle and character select screens to improve the user interface.
But the best news of all is that the players who already bought the original SF5 version of the game won’t have to pay to get the Arcade Edition. It will be completely free to update from within the game, but it will lack the new characters which can be unlocked using the in-game fighting money. As for those who haven’t tried Capcom’s fighting gem, the price of the new version will be $40 once it hits the shelves on January 18, 2018.