Street Fighter 5 getting cinematic story mode and other updates this month

Could this be the motherlode of contents fans have been clamoring for since the game's release?


Capcom apologized for the half-baked state of Street Fighter 5, and promised to do a better job sharing information on development progress with the community. True to its word, the developer posted a huge blog update with details on content that will make its way into the game this month.

The biggest piece of content is the game's cinematic story mode, titled A Shadow Falls. Capcom estimates that the mode will last between three and four hours, and will center on the battle between M. Bison's evil Shadaloo organization and, well, every other character.

"Seven Black Moons are deployed by Shadaloo, granting M. Bison unimaginable power and enveloping the earth in total darkness. Seeing the moons mysteriously appear in the sky, Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li embark on an epic journey around the world to retrieve fragment pieces that are the key to stopping the Black Moons before it’s too late. Along the way, they encounter the rest of the World Warriors, each of whom have their own agendas and motivations in mind."

SF5's story mode won't limit you to play as characters from the base game: all six DLC characters (Guile, Balrog, Urien, Juri, Alex, Guile, and Ibuki) will be playable, even though some of those characters won't be officially released until later this year. Think of cinematic story mode as a teaser, and a chance to play around with their combos and special moves.

You'll earn Fight Money for clearing story mode, as well as unlock a higher difficulty level each time you clear the mode. Finishing on higher difficulties nets you bigger paydays.

If you don't care to know any more about Ryu than that he's a stoic warrior looking for his next big fight, SF5 is getting other updates in June that you'll find more your speed. Premium battle costumes for every character will go on sale and, according to Capcom, "will be available for purchase with real currency only."

Capcom's also retooling Daily Challenges into a new feature called Targets, which still earn you Fight Money for completing specific goals.

Perhaps most appealing to players who miss Street Fighter's patented arcade-style modes, new single-player modes Extra Battle and Versus CPU will be released down the road, though probably not in June.

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