One of the biggest criticisms leveled against Street Fighter 5 when it launched in February 2016 was that it seemed unfinished. It was clear that Capcom was pitching the title as a service, and planned on releasing new content for years to come, and now it seems that we might have confirmation of another part of that strategy.
Earlier today, a product listing for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition was spotted on the online storefront for UK retailer ShopTo. Just a few months ago, rumors were circulating that a “Super” version of the game was in the works, ahead of an expected release date in 2018.
That rumor stated that the big reveal would come at the end of the 2017 Capcom Cup. While that’s still a possibility, there’s also a chance that we might see the Arcade Edition unveiled at this year’s edition of the Tokyo Game Show, which gets underway tomorrow.
In the 18 months since Street Fighter 5 hit the scene, Capcom has released a bevy of new content, including additional modes, characters, and stages. It seems reasonable to expect that the rumored Arcade Edition would compile everything that was offered up over the game’s first two seasons.
It’s worth noting that the Arcade Edition moniker isn’t just following on in the tradition of Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition. The game is set to hit Japanese arcades soon, so it would follow that this re-release would feature all the same content that’s included in that version.
The Street Fighter series has a long history of numerous iterations of the same game being released, introducing balance updates and new characters. However, in an era when developers can distribute patches over the Internet, it’s harder for players to swallow the idea of a dedicated re-release.
The Arcade Edition is a great idea if it brings new players into the game’s community now that there’s much more content than there was at launch. Hopefully, Capcom gives veteran players a chance to take advantage of the savings on offer, too, rather than leaving the title’s most dedicated supporters in the dust.
One thing that seems certain is that the game won’t be hitting the Xbox One. When the game was announced as a PlayStation 4 console exclusive, Capcom maintained that this would be the case for the duration of the title’s lifespan.
Street Fighter 5 is available now for the PC and PlayStation 4.