Buying and playing a video game should be as simple as buying and playing it, but that is no longer the case. We live in an age wherein which video games are released incomplete. Us, the players, are forced to update time and time again thanks to new features added to a new title weeks after initial release. Some of these updates are known as DLC and some of the developers behind the games practically force the players to use even more real-life money to add to a game that, for all intents and purposes, should have been complete upon release. Capcom has mastered this style of money-making with it’s more recent Street Fighter titles that are released over and over again with mostly the same content bar maybe a handful of new characters and playable stages, so why have they decided to make a change with Street Fighter V? We have no idea, but it’s damn exciting that they have!
Capcom has released a great deal of information regarding their upcoming title Street Fighter V, the most exciting of which details that players will no longer have to purchase new characters, maps or costumes with real money, instead they will use in-game currency earned by actually playing the game to unlock said extra content. For some strange reason, Capcom have decided that they’re making far too much money by releasing supplementary titles like Super Street Fighter 4 and Ultra Street Fighter 4, and have announced that their new Street Fighter title will not force the player to purchase anything he or she doesn’t want to.
Street Fighter V will launch with a roster of sixteen playable characters. Any characters, maps, costumes, and game mechanic updates released after launch will be unlockable either for free or by using one of these two different purchase methods: For those of you out there who are impatient; the Zenny system will allow you to use real-life money to purchase in-game currency which can then be used to purchase and unlock added content. For those of you who like working for it, the Fight Money system allows you to earn in-game cash while actually playing the game. The in-game currency will then allow you to purchase and unlock the same pieces of extra content that the Zenny system allows. Granted, it may take you a little longer to earn Fight Money than it would to simply purchase Zenny but if you don’t have the real-life funds yet you have all the time in the world, this is perfect for you. Some of you out there simply don’t have the time to play video games as much as others but still want all the characters for when your friends come over to play, this is where the Zenny system takes precedence.
Whichever you decide to use, it’s clear that Capcom is taking a step in the right direction which is, strangely enough, I step backwards into a time wherein which games were complete once they left the development stages and arrived on retailers’ shelves. This could really mean we’re heading into a new age for video games, and I could not be more excited for what is to come next. Street Fighter V will hit the PlayStation 4 and the PC sometime next Spring.