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Capcom are surprisingly going to have mercy on our wallets when it comes to Street Fighter V DLC and updates. A panel hosted at EVO 2015 has revealed that fans will not be required to buy multiple versions of SFV. If you have the initial release, it’s the only disc you’ll need. The approach to adding extra content post-launch to the game has changed, with a focus on adding characters and gameplay content (perhaps additional modes) on a regular basis, rather than publishing a new edition of the game every year or two.
Looking back on the Street Fighter IV series, we had always released bundles of content all at once, like with Super Street Fighter IV and Ultra Street Fighter IV. While these one-time updates did revive interest in the series every few years, it was difficult to keep players engaged for long periods of time unless they were competitive. This also punished players who took a break from playing the game, because if they wanted to start again in a few years, they would be forced to purchase an upgrade to join the existing player pool who had already moved on to a new version. On top of that, this old method also forced players to purchase all of the new content, even if only a few characters may have appealed to them.
With Street Fighter V, we want to change the way that players interact with the series, and create an ever-evolving environment for players to enjoy. By releasing new characters on a regular basis, it will ensure that there is always new content to look forward to in the short term, and it prevents the competitive environment from ever becoming stale.
Furthermore, players won’t necessarily need to fork over their cash for new characters. Playing Street Fighter V will let fans earn in-game currency called “Fight Money.” New content, such as additional characters can be obtained by paying real money as with most DLC purchases, but can also be acquired by using this virtual Fight Money earned by playing the game. It’s a similar approach to Hearthstone’s expansions, in that new single-player adventures can be purchased either with real money, or with the Gold players earn in-game.
Street Fighter V will release with 16 initial characters (4 of whom are complete newcomers to the series), and will see regular support well after launch. These are promising words from Capcom, and if it’s executed well, and they don’t pull any nasty tricks on fans, then this could finally be the content-model that makes every Street Fighter player happy.