Capcom Teases Street Fighter V’s Upcoming Season Balance Changes

December 5, 2016Written by Michael Briers

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With Street Fighter V’s 2017 season expected to kick off on December 20, Capcom has now pinpointed some of the changes headed to the brawler in the upcoming weeks.

Taking to the publisher’s blog, Producer Peter “ComboFiend” Rosas outlined three areas in need of improvement: throw recovery, strong anti-air light attacks, invincible reversal reliance. Rosas stopped short of detailing exactly how those changes will be implemented, but further details will be shared in the coming weeks. For now, the blog post stressed how the overriding goal of Street Fighter V‘s 2017 season is to emphasize the unique attributes of each fighter.

What we noticed in the 2016 season of Street Fighter V was that although each character has the tools to allow for a distinct experience, there were a few things, which were quite strong in general, resulting in players using them more than the unique attacks each character possesses.

This led players, both the attacker and the one being attacked, to have a similar experience regardless of which characters were being used. We think that by reducing each character’s similarities, we can allow players to fully express themselves through their favorite characters, further providing the Street Fighter experience players have come to know and love.

Releasing alongside Street Fighter V‘s holiday content, expect Akuma to enter the fray on December 20 when the game’s Character Pass will become available for $29.99 (€29.99/£24.99).

[Sources: Capcom, PSN]