Capcom announced this morning that Street Fighter V will ship without a main story on the disc. The story instead will come four months later in a free content update. The "cinematic story experience" is scheduled to come in June 2016 and bring new players into the Street Fighter mythology through cutscenes. When the game releases, players can instead take part in each character's individual story arcs. These explain the characters in Street Fighter, including their personal motivations and relationships with each other. The expansion story takes place between Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter III.
Players without an Internet connection may be locked out of this content if they cannot download the update, something becoming more and more common in the gaming industry. This reliance on using the Internet to bring content to the consumer could keep some players with poor or no access to the Internet from receiving their full money's worth if Internet becomes even more relied upon in the future.
Capcom recently made some controversy for their decision to change the camera angle for one of their characters critical attack animations. The change had moved the camera away from showing the character, Mika, slapping her butt before her attack. After a period of silence, Capcom explained they changed the camera angle so it would be less disagreeable with players at large. “We don’t want to have something in the game that might make someone uncomfortable.”
In the same announcement this morning, Capcom also announced it would be holding one final beta for Street Fighter V. The beta is scheduled to start January 30th at 12:01 AM PT (8:01 AM GMT) and end the following day; January 31st 7 PM PT (February 1 at 3 AM GMT). Street Fighter V releases for PlayStation 4, PC, and Linux on February 16, 2016. The game will also support the Steam Controller.
Will you be picking up Street Fighter V in February? What do you think of Capcom's decision to change the camera angle? Is this censorship? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!