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Street Fighter V: Champion Edition: Everything We Know

January 3, 2020
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It’s been nearly four years since the rocky launch of ‘Street Fighter V’ and it looks like we’re finally going to get the definitive edition of the seventh installment in Capcom’s storied fighting game franchise. The ‘Street Fighter’ games have been around for well over three decades with the original coming out way back in 1987.

The series has seen some stellar entries as well as some underwhelming ones but has managed to retain its title as the fighting game of choice for fighting game aficionados and Esports players. From the arcade arena to your living room, ‘Street Fighter’ has long since been the face of its genre. Naturally, ‘Street Fighter V’ was highly anticipated before its release in 2016 but didn’t quite manage to live up to the hype.

The game suffered from a number of issues, most of which will be a non-issue with the upcoming ‘Street Fighter V: Champion Edition’. Read on to find out everything we know about the upcoming third release of ‘Street Fighter V’.

Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition Gameplay: What to Expect?

The story of ‘Street Fighter V’ is something of a prequel to ‘Street Fighter IV’, taking place sometime after the events of ‘Street Fighter III’. The game starts out with Charlie Nash waking inside his own tomb many years after he chose to sacrifice himself in order to save the world from the supervillain M. Bison. He sets about to find his old friend Guile in order to find a way to defeat Bison once and for all, whose Shadaloo organization has concocted a new world-threatening plan – Operation C.H.A.I.N.S.

The new plan involves sending seven artificial satellites known as Black Moons into orbit around the Earth to spread fear and despair across the planet and replenish Bison’s signature Psycho Power. Nash and his allies are tasked with finding secret chess-like pieces that can detonate the Black Moons in order to destroy Bison once and for all.

‘Street Fighter V’ is a one vs one fighting game presented from a 2D perspective. You can choose from a varied roster of characters from the ‘Street Fighter’ universe and battle against an AI-controlled fighter or other real players. While the fundamental gameplay is largely reminiscent of the previous games in the franchise, ‘Street Fighter V’ does make some crucial adjustments.

The EX gauge first introduced in ‘Street Fighter V’ makes a return here, which allows players to power up special moves or perform super combos, also known as Critical Arts. The all-new V-Gauge meter is also introduced, which builds up as the player receives attacks. The gauge facilitates the V-Skills, V-Reversals, and V-Triggers and offers a way back to the player on the receiving end of a thrashing, during a match. V-Skills are special attacks unique to each character, V-Reversals are counter moves and V-Triggers enable a unique ability for each fighter.

‘Street Fighter V: Champion Edition’ seeks to address one of the biggest issues plaguing ‘Street Fighter V’ at launch – the lack of meaningful single-player content. The new release combines basically every single piece of content released for the game under one roof with a character roster of over 40 fighters and 34 battle stages.

The Steam page for ‘Street Fighter V: Champion Edition’ describes it as follows:
“Rule the ring with Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, the most robust version of the acclaimed fighting game! Choose from 40 diverse fighters, 34 dynamic stages and over 200 stylish costumes as you fight your way through a variety of exciting single-player and multiplayer modes.”

‘Street Fighter V: Champion Edition’ will also add at least two new characters to the roster – Gill, a multi-colored cult leader who was first introduced in ‘Street Fighter V’ and Seth, a genetically engineered supervillain who has the ability to copy the best moves from other fighters. Seth is also genderless and can swap between male and female appearances by changing costumes.

Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition Developers: Who Are the People Behind the Game?

‘Street Fighter V: Champion Edition’ is developed and published by Japanese video gaming conglomerate Capcom. It is produced by ‘Street Fighter’ veteran Yoshinori Ono. Capcom is best known for numerous legendary franchises such as ‘Mega Man’, ‘Resident Evil‘, ‘Devil May Cry’, and ‘Monster Hunter’, among others.

Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition Release Date: When and Where Can I Play It?

‘Street Fighter V: Champion Edition’ is set to release on February 14, 2020. The game will only be available to play on PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows platforms.

‘Street Fighter V: Champion Edition’ will release with a launch price of $29.99 but those who already own ‘Street Fighter V’ can purchase the Upgrade Kit for $24.99.

Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition Trailer:

You can watch the trailer for ‘Street Fighter V: Champion Edition’ right here.

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