Capcom announced today that the Street Fighter V March update will arrive next week in two parts.
First up, on March 28, the initial drop will take place that includes Challenge Mode, the online rematch option, Battle Lounge improvements, bug fixes, and gameplay improvements.
Then, on March 30, Alex, all of his related character story content, and the in-game shop will become available. As Capcom explained, the in-game shop is where you “spend your hard earned Fight Money to purchase extra game content, such as DLC characters (100,000 FM each) and the Story Mode Costumes (40,000 FM each).”
One feature not included in the March update is the Zenny functionality of the in-game shop where you can use real money to purchase extra content. Wanting to be extra careful with Zenny as it involves real money, Capcom realized that it’s “not ready to launch just yet.” There’s no ETA on the Zenny store yet, but it will be available as soon as it’s ready.
Since the lack of Zenny will affect those who want to buy DLC characters but don’t have enough Fight Money or the Season Pass, Capcom will be making Alex available for free as a trial period to all players, until the Zenny shop is available. They add:
This also will apply to any future DLC character that releases prior to the Zenny shop launching. Once the Zenny shop launches, the free trial for any DLC characters that released prior to the Zenny shop opening will end, and players will need to either use Fight Money, Zenny, or the Season Pass to access those characters.
Any DLC character related content (such as costumes) that is purchased with Fight Money during the trial period will remain in your account once the trial period ends, but you’ll need to purchase Alex to use that content. The same goes for colors and character progress, etc. that are earned during the trial period; everything will be saved, you’ll just need to purchase the character to resume your progress once the trial period ends.
As a thank you for everyone’s patience, Capcom will offer Ryu and Chun-Li’s story mode costumes for free to everyone on March 30.
Season Pass owners, meanwhile, will be the only ones who have access to the premium costumes of the DLC characters until the Zenny shop launches. On top of that, a free, brand new stage will be given to all Season Pass owners in the near future.
Capcom finished up by saying Street Fighter V “will continue to improve from here on out,” and more new updates, fixes, and support for issues like rage quitters are in the works.