June will see Street Fighter 5's biggest update yet, including Cinematic Story: A Shadow Falls, Capcom has confirmed.
The SFV Story Expansion is a 3-4 hour experience and will be released at the end of this month as free DLC to all SFV players. The 5 chapter story takes place between Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter III and bridges the events that happen in between the two stories. This is the first time in franchise history that fans will be able to play through this type of cinematic experience in a Street Fighter game.
A Shadow Falls depicts the ultimate battle between the evil Shadaloo organization and the heroic World Warriors who rise up against them. 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.
All six DLC characters are fully playable in the story mode. In addition to Alex, Guile, and Ibuki, that means that Balrog, Urien, and Juri are also playable. The official release of these characters will not be until later in the year, which means everyone will get to play them in advance through this mode. Expect further balance changes to be made to the three new characters before they release independently to the story mode.
You'll be able to earn Fight Money from completing the story mode. A higher difficulty becomes unlocked after clearing the normal mode, which you can also earn extra Fight Money from:
Capcom will no longer be introducing Zenny to Street Fighter V as a real money currency option. After extensive testing and development Capcom came to the conclusion that it was not necessary in order to carry out the original vision for the product. Instead, Capcom will be utilising the PlayStation Store and Steam stores to carry out real money transactions.
Fight Money remains the basic currency that players can earn for free through gameplay and utilise to purchase characters and other downloadable content like stages and costumes. For players who want to just purchase the content outright, this will be possible using the PlayStation Store and Steam.
Real money purchases will be included as part of the late June update. At the same time the free trial period for Alex and Guile will come to an end. DLC pricing is as follows:
The premium Battle Costumes for every character released so far will go on sale this month, and will be available for purchase with real currency only. Story mode costumes will also be available for purchase this month. Story mode costumes can be purchased with either Fight Money or real currency.
Daily Challenges are currently being re-tooled and optimised for the game. The feature will now be called 'Targets,' and they will still be daily goals for players to complete and generate Fight Money, which can be used to purchase in-game content. New single player modes including Extra Battle and Versus CPU are also in the works.