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All DLC for Street Fighter V can be earned in-game

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For that is the price that they'll pay once I kidnap their queen

If there’s one genre that has fully embraced the idea of DLC, it’s fighting games. After all, why go through the effort to unlock a character by completing secret objectives, when you could just slap down some cash and purchase the brawler right there?

It’s something that Street Fighter IV and its rainbow collection of upgrades experimented with, throwing new characters and costumes at players with cash to drop. And Street Fighter V will also be following in those downloadable footsteps. But there will be a chance to earn those characters as well.

That’s the word from Capcom straight out of the Evo tournament on the weekend, where it was announced that all updates for the game would  potentially be free.


“The initial release is the only disc you will ever need to own,” Capcom community manager Peter Rosas wrote on the PlayStation Blog.

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 in-game currency will consist of two flavours: Fight Money which is earned from playing Street Fighter V, which is used to buy some of that post-launch content and new characters. And then there’s Zenny, a top-tier currency from Dragon Ball Z which can be bought with real cash, which also allows players to purchase the DLC.

“Looking back on the Street Fighter IV series, we had always released bundles of content all at once, like with Super Street Fighter IV and Ultra Street Fighter IV,” Rosas wrote.


While these one-time updates did revive interest in the series every few years, it was difficult to keep players engaged for long periods of time unless they were competitive.

This also punished players who took a break from playing the game, because if they wanted to start again in a few years, they would be forced to purchase an upgrade to join the existing player pool who had already moved on to a new version.

On top of that, this old method also forced players to purchase all of the new content, even if only a few characters may have appealed to them.

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.

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.

The player base is never shrunk by requiring a paid update like in years past. Players can take a break from the game, but then come back at any time and continue to play with the characters they already own, with the newest gameplay balance.


Naturally, testing needs to be done in order to work out how to handle this new economy, which the Street Fighter V beta will help with. If you don’t give a toss about DLC characters however, Street Fighter V will launch with 16 fighters from across the world stage, four of which will be new characters.

The game is out next year March on PlayStation 4 and PC, which will clearly signal the end of days as a fighting game offering free bonus characters in this day and age is simply rapturous madness.

Last Updated: July 20, 2015


  1. MMmm. This sounds really good. I am glad that a fighting game is going back to the roots of “earn by battle”.

    HOWEVER (Sheesh us gamers can never be happy)

    This stinks of mobile style grinding. Real cash and “game cash” that can be earned to unlock which means that you don’t unlock characters by fighting a certain character on a certain stage with specific objectives. No it means GRIND GRIND GRIND GRIND GRIND to have the in-game cash.

    So while it’s admirable that they are allowing you to get the unlockables without having to fork ot real cash, they are still missing the mark by a mile.


    • Dutch Matrix

      July 20, 2015 at 07:58

      I don’t wanna Grind. I just wanna sleep sleep sleep sleep…


    • Hammersteyn

      July 20, 2015 at 08:02

      I don’t mind the grind, at least the option is there. All I ever wanted is the option to unlock all the DLC by playing the game. Old school gamers will embrace this while Timmy will be tugging at his moms slip for her credit card.


      • Dutch Matrix

        July 20, 2015 at 08:04

        Don’t Mind the Grind… Sounds like the next WWE catchphrase… thingy…


      • Admiral Chief in Skellige

        July 20, 2015 at 08:43

        I don’t mind the grind too. My PS2 speaks volumes of this


        • Hammersteyn

          July 20, 2015 at 08:48

          Same here


  2. Hammersteyn

    July 20, 2015 at 08:00

    Dafuq!?!?!?!? Some one at Capcom is gonna get fired. Then again he says Fight Money which is earned from playing is used to buy some of that post-launch content and new characters. I don’t like that word some. It should be all. Then I’d buy this day one.


  3. Dutch Matrix

    July 20, 2015 at 08:10

    15 Characters. Ken and Ryu are merely head swaps. *Runs


  4. GooseZA

    July 20, 2015 at 09:07

    FOR FREE?!?!?!

    Man, that movie goes back a loooooooooooooooooong way.


  5. Skyblue

    July 20, 2015 at 09:24

    Sounds like Crapcom are trying hard to lose that tag they’ve earned in recent years. Good move if the grind isn’t too exhausting.


  6. Nikola

    July 20, 2015 at 09:26

    Now this is what I like and what MKX lacked and the reason why it got old for me so quickly! I want to work hard grind do challenge so I can unlock characters like back in the day that makes it fun and make the game last much much longer. Street Fighter might be a buy now for me:)


  7. Lollies the Laughing Lollipop

    July 20, 2015 at 12:29

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