Posted on October 18 2016
Since its official launch in February 2016, Street Fighter V has sold over 1.4 million units according to Capcom’s financial information on their list of platinum titles.
DLC Release Schedule
Fifth main numbered addition to the famous fighting game series, the PlayStation 4 exclusive game launched with 16 playable characters including old favourites Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, M. Bison, and Vega to name a few.
Since then, Capcom has released monthly updates with wave 2 featuring:
- March 2016 welcomed street grappler Alex, collectable Street Fighter V Steam Trading Cards, Challenge Mode and an Online Rematch Option (for those who are salty from a close loss or want revenge).
- April 2016 saluted the iconic SF character Guile and the return of his Air Force Base stage.
- May - June 2016 was originally the release of everyone’s favourite kunoichi Ibuki, but has been delayed.
- July 2016 is a mega month for Street Fighter V - in addition to new DLC characters, Ibuki and Balrog, the new Cinematic Story mode: “A Shadow’s Fall” will also be available for download.
Still to come are Juri and Urien who were both showcased in the Balrog trailer, but whilst not officially ready as DLC characters just yet, both will be playable in the Cinematic Story mode, offering fans the chance to preview their new makeovers and capabilities.
Cinematic Story Mode: A Shadow’s Fall
If you’ve yet to watch the latest Street Fighter V trailer for the new Cinematic Story mode, you need to check it out now:
Featuring stunning visuals showcasing the current (and upcoming) roster of Street Fighter V players, this trailer gave us but a taster of what’s to come.
The story behind “A Shadow’s Fall”: Seven “Black Moons” are deployed by Shadaloo, granting M. Bison unimaginable power, as the earth falls into darkness. Seeing the moons mysteriously appear in the sky, Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li embark on an epic journey around the world to retrieve fragment pieces that are the key to stopping the “Black Moons” before it’s too late. Along the way, they encounter the rest of the World Warriors, each of whom have their own agendas and motivations in mind. The final battle between good and evil begins now.
Street Fighter V’s Fight Money and Zenny
Originally a huge part of Street Fighter V, Zenny is a system that would allow players to buy in-game currency with real money, used to purchase gameplay content like costumes, stages, and more immediately.
This has been the works for a long time, and players were questioning what’s the hold up? Well, as of early June, Capcom announced their discontinuation of Zenny.
In a recent interview, Matt Dahlgren, Director of Brand Marketing and eSports at Capcom explained that the Zenny feature was not stable, and that it would be best to go for a safer payment system option. Therefore players will now be able to purchase in-game currency through “a more tried and true formula, using the native PlayStation and Steam stores” instead.
Although this function is no longer available in the Street Fighter V universe, players can still earn Fight Money for free through gameplay and exchange this for extra game content. Be warned, new characters cost 100,000 FM each, story mode costumes will set you back 40,000 FM each, and it takes playing through most of the single player content for enough FM to buy one new character.
Unless you’ve got all the time in the world, you could be looking to pay for in-game currency or buying the season pass if you’re planning to get all the hot new DLCs coming up this summer.
Here’s a breakdown of the currency exchange:
- New Characters: 100,000 FM | $5.99/€5.99
- New Stages: 70,000 FM | $3.99/€3.99
- Alternate Stages: 40,000 FM | $1.99/€1.99
- Story Costumes: 40,000 FM | $1.99/€1.99
- Premium Costumes: N/A | $3.99/€3.99
What can we expect from Street Fighter V by 2017?
We have characters like F.A.N.G, Dhalsim, and Necalli in Street Fighter V, but some fans are wondering where are the old favourites and classic characters like Sagat, Blanka, and Honda? Even though Akuma has been confirmed for Tekken 7, is he coming back?
Capcom and Yoshinori Ono have said that Street Fighter V will work towards giving more diversity and character balance, offering fairly equal match ups across the board, thus the character choices confirmed for Street Fighter V (this is particularly good for esports and competitive play).
But who’s to say this is the limit? Although Street Fighter V under-performed in comparison to Capcom’s original target, the game is still going strong, with more players rising up to the challenge. If the game continues to sell (both in units and DLC), it is possible that Capcom may release other characters to join the line-up of playable characters. If this does happen, you can ensure that Capcom will not be shy on quality from what we’ve seen so far.