Update: Capcom announced today that Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is indeed real. The publisher calls it an "updated version" of the fighter, coming to PC and PlayStation 4 on January 16, 2018. There's a host of new content, which will be coming to all existing Street Fighter 4 players.
"This new version will include everything from the original release of Street Fighter V, along with the addition of brand new gameplay-related content including Arcade Mode, Extra Battle Mode, new V-Trigger moves, Gallery, a completely redesigned User Interface and more. Current Street Fighter V players will also receive all of this new content for free via an in-game update when Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition releases," said Capcom in its press release.
Arcade Edition will cost $39.99, which will include the following:
- Arcade Mode
- Extra Battle Mode
- New V-trigger moves
- New User Interface
- Season 1 DLC characters
- Season 2 DLC characters
If you've already bought into Street Fighter 5, the latter two bullet points from the Arcade Edition won't be available to you. Instead, existing players have to either purchase those characters via their respective Season Passes, or unlock them via in-game Fight Money.
One of the glaring mistakes of the original release of Street Fighter 5 was the lack of available gameplay modes. As I said in my review near release, the game was "tournament ready, and not much else." Street Fighter 5 was so barebones that it didn't ship with a basic Arcade mode, allowing players to fight the game's AI in a chain of battles.
An Amazon listing points to this misstep finally being rectified by Capcom. The listing is for "Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition" and it includes the much-needed Arcade Mode among its purported features. The "Arcade mode" promises "six different paths" for players to choose from, all based on past Street Fighter titles.
The listing also promises a Gallery Mode, letting players unlock game art in Arcade mode; Extra Battle, which offers exclusive costumes via timed challenges; multiple V-Trigger moves per characters; and new visual flourishes, with new color schemes, fight effects, and updated menus.
Current Street Fighter 5 players don't have to worry about being left behind if the listing is correct though.
"Current players of Street Fighter V and future owners of Street Fighter V: arcade Edition will be placed into the same player pool, with PS4 and PC Cross-Platform play continuing to unite fans into a unified player base. The initial Street Fighter V purchase is still the only One that consumers need to make to ensure they always have the most up-to-date version of the title," reads the product description for the game.
The listing offers a release date of January 16, 2018 for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. Can we expect to hear about the Street Fighter 5 news at this weekend's New York Comic-Con?