Street Fighter 5's system for unlocking character colours is awful. Soon, it will get a little less awful.
As I reported in April, Street Fighter 5 has a real problem with the way it forces players to unlock character colours.
The fighting game sees two colours per character unlocked from the start. To unlock other colours, you have to soldier through Survival mode.
Here's how it currently works: to unlock colour three for a character, you have to defeat Survival easy difficulty with that character. That involves surviving 10 rounds.
To unlock colours four, five and six for a character, you have to defeat Survival normal difficulty with that character. That's 30 rounds.
And to unlock colours seven, eight, nine and 10, you have to defeat Survival hard difficulty with that character. That's, wait for it, 50 rounds. It's hard. Really hard.
So, to unlock all colours for a character, you're looking at playing through at least 90 rounds of Survival mode. And that's if you win all the rounds. You won't, particularly on hard difficulty. Survival gets incredibly tough. You will end up losing a round, and when you do, you have to start all over again. The process is so laborious, PC players have turned en masse to trainers that do the work for them. PlayStation 4 players, however, have no choice but to get stuck in.
The system has annoyed Street Fighter 5 players for months. Now, five months after the game came out, Capcom has said it'll "soon" let people buy character colours with Fight Money, the in-game currency, and real world money.
SFV Survival Mode color (3-10) bundles for each character will be available for purchase via FM or the PS/Steam stores. More details soon!— Street Fighter (@StreetFighter) July 19, 2016
Capcom has yet to say when we'll be able to do this, or how much character colours will cost, but it's a positive step.
Still, the system for unlocking character colours without using a currency of some type remains a soul-destroying grind. As many people have suggested, Capcom would do well to change the way the whole thing works and just let people unlock character colours by playing the game. You know, the way fighting games used to work.
And the fact remains: if you buy a character costume with real world money you should get all the colours.