It’s been a long road for Street Fighter 5. Having originally released in 2016, we’ve had around six years worth of updates, improvements, new fighters, new editions, and more. With Street Fighter 6 looming this coming summer, it’s about time for Capcom to pack it up and start focusing on the new game. With that in mind, Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition is about to get what Capcom is calling the “definitive update” this month, likely the last major update the game will receive.
Capcom announced the Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition March 2022 update with a YouTube video, and on the Street Fighter Twitter. Notably, this update will feature a rebalancing of many of the fighters. Cursed words for a competitor, but we’ll see how the nerfs, buffs, and tweaks play out. That’s not all the game is getting though. SF5’s March 2022 update will also include two visual filters: The Cel Shading Filter to clean the looks up a bit and stylize them more and the Pixel Filter to give the game a more classic look. There are a few other additions coming to the game too like new track suit costume colors.
Street Fighter 5 got a lukewarm response from us when it launched in 2016. The game was simply incomplete, omitting some key modes. It was with many updates that Street Fighter 5 finally came into its own as the fighting game it was meant to be. Nonetheless, it’s had a bit of a rocky road, even as one of the most played fighting games around. A big part of that is the constant support and updates Capcom has implemented on the game. Capcom Cup has been a major yearly event in the FGC and Street Fighter 5 has headlined almost every EVO, including the upcoming EVO 2022.
With Street Fighter 6 announced and coming in late summer 2022, it’s most certainly time for Capcom to bid farewell to Street Fighter 5 and shift its full focus into the new game. Can SF6 get off to a more stable start than SF5 did? It remains to be seen, but there’s still a bit of life in the current game. Stay tuned as we await official patch notes and further updates.