It's widely acknowledged that Street Fighter 5 was a little sparse on content when it launched in early February. Capcom promised they'd rectify that situation with free updates as the months rolled on — and as of this morning, the first major content has arrived.
As the developer announced over Steam and other means before Easter, today's update includes the long-awaited challenge and combo trial modes that users were hoping would have been included with the vanilla release.
It was released in a 5.6GB update on Steam this morning, while others have reported the update being just over 6GB for those on consoles. The full list of additions in this morning's update is as follows:
Challenge Mode Demonstrations: Learn the ins and outs of Street Fighter V through helpful demonstration and tutorial content. Contains content for each of the 16 characters, as well as advice geared towards players of all skill levels:
- Beginner Tutorials: 12 lessons covering, movement, normal attacks, special attacks, V-System, throws, counter hits, chip/recoverable damage, etc.
- Intermediate Tutorials: 11 lessons covering projectiles, invincibility frames, armor and armor break, recovery, cross-up attacks, anti-air options, etc.
- Advanced Tutorials: 4 lessons covering back dashing, frame advantage/disadvantage, combo potential, button priority, etc.
- Character Tutorials: 16 lessons covering each individual character.
- Trials: Put your skills to the ultimate test with combo trials for all 16 characters, ranging from basic to pro combos. Completing Trials will also earn you some extra Fight Money.
Online Rematch Option Salty from a close loss online? Want revenge? Players can now play a 2/3 set in Ranked Match and Casual Matches, provided both players accept the rematch. Battle Lounge Improvements Enjoy up to 8 person lobbies, complete with match spectating. Bug fixes and gameplay balancing Various game bugs have been fixed, along with minor gameplay balancing.
Alex will also be added to the game in a couple of days, along with the in-game shop that lets you purchase additional game content. In case you're interested, it'll cost you 40,000 "fight money" to purchase story mode costumes, while DLC characters are going for 100,000 FM a pop.
You won't be able to spend real money through the in-game store though. According to Capcom, the real money store "is not ready to launch just yet" and there isn't a time frame for when it will be released into the wild.
To combat that, Alex will be released "for free as a trial period to all players" until the real money store launches. "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."
Further more, the story mode costumes for Ryu and Chun-Li will be given away for free to all players for their tolerance and patience throughout the beta phases and the initial launch. Capcom argues that the two costumers are "almost the full value of a DLC character", although that raises more questions about the pricing of the character skins are in the first place.