At the EVO 2015 championships this weekend, CAPCOM made an announcement about Street Fighter V, and how the business model is changing compared to Street Fighter IV, which saw four disc releases on last generation’s platform.
CAPCOM’s announcement revealed that Street Fighter V will only come on one disc, and will receive content updates via patches. The model looks like this:
- 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
The most eye-catching detail from above is the ability to access post-launch content for free by playing the game. You can still purchases character packs, or you can just dedicate more time to unlocking them, similarly to a free to play model.
“Players also have more freedom in their decisions, as they only need to purchase or earn the content that appeals to them. This will also create more long-term engagement, because the more you play the game, the more you are rewarded and can earn new content,” says the blogpost on Capcom-Unity by ComboFiend.
CAPCOM are introducing a new service-based model based on an in-game economy to Street Fighter V. There are two types of currency that make the economy go round:
- Fight Money
- 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.
Street Fighter V will launch with a core roster of 16 playable characters, with 4 of them being brand new fighters to the Street Fighter universe. Post-launch, CAPCOM aims to add new characters on a regular basis, earnable through playing the game and unlocking Fight Money.
“With Street Fighter V, we want to change the way that players interact with the series, and create an ever-evolving environment for players to enjoy. By releasing new characters on a regular basis, it will ensure that there is always new content to look forward to in the short term, and it prevents the competitive environment from ever becoming stale.”
Street Fighter V is due for release on PlayStation 4 and PC in March 2016.