Following two weeks of hints and speculation, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition has been revealed by CAPCOM, which includes all characters and highly requested features missing from the base game.
The anticipated Arcade Edition of the eSport fighting game was unveiled this morning as part of an official press release. As the name implies, the new version will supply fans with something they’ve been clammoring for that was suspiciously absent from Street Fighter V’s initial release: a proper offline Arcade mode — in addition to a secondary V-Trigger for each character.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Street Fighter franchise as well, it appears that an Arcade mode based on each major installment will be playable. While it’s unclear whether or not this will impact actual gameplay, the different modes at least offer some unique visual style differences and varying amounts of matches.
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As stated, this updated edition will also include all characters released for the game so far — in addition to one unannounced character. This includes both season 1 and season 2 DLC fighters, which included the likes of Akuma, Guile, Abigail, and Menat, just to name a few. Each of these characters will also come with another V-Trigger — an in-game skill mechanic — that can be selected prior to each match, adding to customization options that were previously lacking.
Almost more importantly than all that, however, is that CAPCOM is helping out not just new players who have yet to pick up the game, but also previous owners as well. As it turns out, all gameplay related additions new to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition — Arcade Mode, V-Triggers, UI updates — will be available as a free update for all previous Street Fighter V software. Otherwise, the whole package will be released on PlayStation 4 and Steam for $39.99 MSRP early next year on January 16.