The March Update for Street Fighter V is now live. Many of the changes were patched in two days ago, on March 28th, but the rest of them have been implemented today, March 30, 2016. According to the blog post by Haunts, a former pro player of the Street Fighter scene, the update on the 28th includes:

  • Challenge Mode
    • Demonstrations: Learn the ins and outs of Street Fighter V through helpful demonstration and tutorial content. Contains content for each of the 16 characters, as well as advice geared towards players of all skill levels:
      • Beginner Tutorials: 12 lessons covering, movement, normal attacks, special attacks, V-System, throws, counter hits, chip/recoverable damage, etc.
      • Intermediate Tutorials: 11 lessons covering projectiles, invincibility frames, armor and armor break, recovery, cross-up attacks, anti-air options, etc.
      • Advanced Tutorials: 4 lessons covering back dashing, frame advantage/disadvantage, combo potential, button priority, etc.
      • Character Tutorials: 16 lessons covering each individual character.
    • Trials: Put your skills to the ultimate test with combo trials for all 16 characters, ranging from basic to pro combos.  Completing Trials will also earn you some extra Fight Money.
  • Online Rematch Option
    • Salty from a close loss online? Want revenge?  Players can now play a 2/3 set in Ranked Match and Casual Matches, provided both players accept the rematch.
  • Battle Lounge Improvements
    • Enjoy up to 8 person lobbies, complete with match spectating.
  • Bug fixes and gameplay balancing
    • Various game bugs have been fixed, along with minor gameplay balancing. For more details please see the previous post.

The two larger aspects of the March update, at least to the general public, both came today. That is the inclusion of the online shop to purchase new characters and outfits and colors and such, and the first post-release character; the Street Fighter III stalwart Alex.

Street Fighter III Alex

He was my first main in the initial arcade release of Street Fighter III, so I was highly anticipating this one. We can see how he translates into the Street Fighter V engine with the highly anticipated (especially after that Final Round XIX troll) trailer here:

He looks interesting, maintaining a lot of his Street Fighter III moveset. But, is it just me or does he remind anyone else a bit of the Street Fighter IV version of T.Hawk? Time will tell with how he will fit into the character roster and early tier list. It is interesting that the early roster is so grappler heavy, but the long awaited return of Alex to the Street Fighter world, after the entirety of SFIV absence, is a welcome one. And this is only the first of several character additions for the rest of the year.

One other important notice is part of the blog post. And it is the following:

One feature that will not be making it into the March update will be the Zenny (real money) functionality of the in-game shop. We have taken a long hard look at this part of the store, and after much review, have decided it is not ready to launch just yet. As Zenny is purchased with real money, we wanted to be extra careful and make sure it’s fully tested and optimized before launching it. There is currently no ETA on the Zenny store and we will release it as soon as it’s ready.

We realize that this causes an inconvenience to fans who want to purchase the DLC characters, such as Alex, but do not have enough Fight Money or own the Season Pass.  To address this, we will be making Alex available for free as a trial period to all players, until the Zenny shop launches.  This also will apply to any future DLC character that releases prior to the Zenny shop launching. Once the Zenny shop launches, the free trial for any DLC characters that released prior to the Zenny shop opening will end, and players will need to either use Fight Money, Zenny, or the Season Pass to access those characters.

Two things are important to note there. One is that the real money part of the shop may not be available even by the second character launch, and also that many people may think that they are getting Alex for free, when this is only a free trial. I will update here on Operation Rainfall when you are about to lose your trial characters if you don’t pay with the Season Pass, Fight Money, or Zenny. Also, as a make good for some of the network and beta issues, Capcom is offering the story outfits for Ryu and Chun-Li for free, an 80,000 Fight Money value. For perspective, this is almost the entire price of purchasing Alex with Fight Money.


William Haderlie
Born in the 1970's, I've been an avid participant for much of video game history. A lifetime of being the sort of supergeek entrenched in the sciences and mathematics has not curbed my appreciation for the artistry of video games, cinema, and especially literature.