March's update for Street Fighter V adds a challenge mode, 8 player lobbies and Alex for free
According to the most recent post on Capcom's Unity blog site, Street Fighter V's long awaited March update will start to trickle in just four days short of April - though it will come in two chunks, the first on March 28th, the second on the 30th.
The first portion of the update will include a welcome Challenge mode (including demonstrations and trials for all levels of play), eight player online lobbies, an online rematch option for those willing to take on a best of three match, as well as the usual bug fixes and minor blanacing tweaks.
A couple of days later, another update will open up the game's promised shop - which aims to house DLC fighters and bouns costumes for Story Mode - and its first new character, Street Fighter III's blond-haired grappler, Alex. Oddly though, the shop's unique currency (which will have a real money equivalent), the Zenny, is not yet ready. Capcom are still testing and optimising so they've decided to launch the shop without it...
You can still use any Fight Money you've earned from playing the game so far to purchase items in the shop, but those who don't have enough, or don't own the season pass, may still want to purchase new boy Alex for their roster. To avoid upsetting their fans even more than they already have in the last month, Capcom have decided that until their Zenny functionality is made live, Alex and any future DLC characters will be made freely available.
Once they've got it all sorted, you'll need to re-purchase the character in the shop, but anything else you earned or bought (with Fight Money) for that character (colours, costumes) will remain intact. There are a few weak concessions for the season pass holders - access to premium costumes until the Zenny is functioning, and a new stage for free in the future - but on the whole I'd expect them to be a little disgruntled.
In addition to all that, they will also be making the Ryu and Chun-Li Story Mode costumes free for all users. Something that would normally run up a bill of 80,000 FMs. The downloadable characters are set to cost 100,000 - what the translates to in real money is yet to be seen.
Sadly there is still no fix or penalty added to curb the prevalence of the rage quitters out there - something that any regular players would dearly love to see stamped out. They are aware that it's a pressing matter though, and hope to have more information on that soon.
How do you think Capcom are handling their newest Street Fighter? By all accounts the launch hasn't been the smoothest or the most well-received, and sales haven't been up to much - at least when compated to Street Fighter IV's. Have you earned enough Fight Money to splash out on a brad new Alex? Perhaps you think 100,000FM is too much for additional characters. Be sure to let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page.
Source: Capcom Unity
Eoin has been gaming for twenty-five years, worries he might be getting a little too old for it all, but hopes that he isn't. In the midst of an effort to find a future doing something he loves, he has taken to writing about his one enduring passion - video games.
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