Street Fighter V’s free story expansion will only be 1-2 hours long

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Street Fighter V is a pretty damned amazing fighting game. The core mechanics are the same as they’ve ever been, but the dynamic has been given a welcome shake up thanks to the new “V” system, which removes the “Ultra” comeback mechanic in favour of something that’s a little more balanced, and requires a little better meter management.

As a fighting game, it’s great. As a complete package though, it’s a little anemic – and lacking something. That something, for the most part, is “stuff to do if you’re not playing with others.”

There’s a story mode, but it’s so basic and pointless that there’s not really much impetus to play it. In fact, you can just watch it all (via XusesGB), here if you feel like it.

There is hope for the lonely player though. Next month, the game will receive challenges – which is where you can learn some of the game’s more intricate combos and systems, and how to apply them to your own battles. In June, you can expect a full, proper story mode that uses CG footage instead of the still images that make up the game’s story mode right now.

By the hyperbole that Capcom’s thrown about, you’d expect something as expansive as the story you’d find in Mortal Kombat’s more recent entries.

“For the first time in franchise history, we are creating a cinematic story experience that takes players deep into the Street Fighter action and mythology through beautifully rendered cutscenes. The Story Expansion will be available to all players as a FREE content update, releasing in June 2016.

Chronologically in the Street Fighter storyline, it takes place between the events of Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter III, and fully explains everything that transpired in that electrifying time period.”

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That may not be the case. According to Capcom’s Yoshinoro Ono, the Story mode that’ll be coming in June will take you just 1-2 hours to play through. Ono says as much at around 3 minutes in to this message.

As for the other content coming for the single player? There are those challenge modes, which Capcom detailed earlier:

Challenge Mode consists of 4 sub-modes, each of which has been designed to help you improve your skills and gameplay:

Battle Tips

  • 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 all levels of players.
  • Available March 2016


  • Put your skills to the ultimate test with combo trials for all 16 characters, ranging from basic to pro combos.
  • Available March 2016


  • Complete daily renewing goals to earn fight money, in-game titles, and other cool content.
  • Available soon after launch.

Extra Battle

  • Fight against special CPU bosses in the ultimate challenge. Earn in-game rewards upon completion.
  • Available soon after launch.

It’s a little disappointing that the single player story expansion won’t take long to play through, but it is free. I’m certainly more excited for the combo trials.

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Last Updated: February 16, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Loftus

    I am just gonna sit here and wait for round two between Gavin and Geoff. Now that would make an interesting let’s play video.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    They should renumber the game, maybe Street Fighter 1886.

    • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

      Brilliant! XD

  • Umar

    Always enjoyed combo trials. Really satisfying pulling off those really hard ones. Gratifying and educational at the same time.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Also, it’s not free. You don’t get it if you haven’t bought the game.

    • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

      mmmm I have to spend money to get free stuff? What world is this ?

    • Silly thing.

    • Umar

      Didn’t see you complain with Witcher’s free dlc. BIAS!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        You’re comparing SFs entire SP campaign with silly cosmetic fluff? ;P

        • LOL

        • Umar

          No I’m not. You’re talking about ‘free’ and made no comment on the actual content 😉

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Don’t be pedantic, that’s my job!

          • Umar

            I SEE YOUR EVERY MOVE.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I am no match for someone who’s spent years inventing a Dark Souls story. 🙁


          • Umar

            Low blow, trev…low blow 🙁

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • Don’t worry, he knows nothing!


  • Hammersteyn

    Why is JJ dressed as Chun-Li?

  • Hammersteyn

    The story seems like it has five fights and that’s it. That’s pretty short even for an arcade mode

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