During a panel at EVO yesterday, Capcom announced that it will be treating Street Fighter V as an evolving platform, requiring players to purchase a single disc/digital copy that the developer will support with regular updates. There will be no “Ultra” editions, “Super” editions, and so on. Additionally, players will be able to earn DLC by playing the game if they don’t want to purchase the content. The reason for doing this? Capcom doesn’t want to alienate those who take a break from playing the game, only to come back and find that they have to purchase an upgrade to join the party again. Over on PlayStation Blog, Community Manager Peter “Combofiend” Rosas wrote:
First and foremost, Street Fighter V will feature a brand new service-based approach with regards to post-launch content. With this approach come several key changes to our content strategy:
– The initial release is the only disc you will ever need to own
– All balance and system adjustments will be available for free
– All post-launch gameplay related content will be earnable for free by playing the game
Street Fighter V will launch with sixteen playable characters, out of which four are new to the universe. New characters will be added to the roster on a continuous basis post launch. Rosas said that by creating an ever-evolving environment supported by the release of new characters, Capcom will be able to prevent the competitive environment from becoming stale. The company believes that by allowing players to earn DLC as opposed to forcing them to pay for it, it’ll be able to retain player interest. The two types of in-game currency are described as follows:
This is basic currency that players earn through playing the game. Once players accumulate enough Fight Money, they can use it to earn new post-launch gameplay content, such as characters, for free!
This is premium currency that players can purchase with real money to immediately gain access to post-launch content.
Rosas also said that Capcom will be beta testing the economy to make sure that it works in a fair way for everyone.
Street Fighter V is scheduled for release sometime in 2016. For more on the game, check out our previous coverage.