With the upcoming holidays, Capcom launches the second season of Street Fighter V today! The kick-off of this season begins with a host of new balance changes for the title. Seriously, the changes are so extensive that Capcom has released a 92-page PDF detailing every change to every character.
"We've been paying attention all year long and these balance changes are the combined result of Capcom Pro Tour tournaments, online play, player feedback, and internal testing. The goal was to ensure a rich, diverse gameplay experience with each character that both players and spectators can enjoy," wrote Capcom's Harrison Young in a blog post.
Capcom updated SF5's Rage Quit System, with players who frequently leave matches being matched-up with similar players. The worse offenders and those who honorably fight to the end, will each receive special player profile icons. There's also Direct Input controller support and background music options in Training and Versus modes.
The real meat of today's update is going cost you though. Akuma joins the game today, and he should cost the normal 100,000 Fight Money or $6 (600 Zenny). (The character wasn't available for Fight Money purchase at the time of this writing.) He launches with his normal look alongside his Story, Premium Battle, and Nostalgia costumes. Alternatively, you can pick up the Season 2 Character Pass for $29.99 on the PlayStation Store or Steam. The Season Pass will net you Akuma and five other planned characters, plus their Premium Battle Costumes.
Street Fighter V also gets into the holiday spirit with six new holiday costumes and a Christmas version of the New York stage. Zangief, R. Mika, Ken, Karin, Laura, and Juri are the recipients of the holiday costumes (seen below) and each costume will set you back $3.99. The stage itself will cost $1.99 and a bundle collecting all the holiday content will be available for $19.99. All of these costumes will be available until January 17, 2017 for purchase, so get them now if you're hungry for the Christmas spirit!
There's also the additional B-Boy and B-Girl costumes for Ryu and Chun-Li, sporting hip-hop inspired looks. These are also $3.99 a piece, but they're not limited by time.