Street Fighter V News

Esports are coming to BBC Three

To Gfinity and beyond.

BBC Three has announced it will bring viewers four hours of live esports coverage every weekend for the next six weeks, in collaboration with BBC Sport.

Tokido crowned Street Fighter 5 Evo 2017 champion

Battles through losers to defeat Punk in Grand Finals.

Veteran Japanese fighting game pro Tokido has won the Street Fighter 5 tournament at Evo 2017, battling through the losers side of the bracket to defeat the USA's Punk in a one-sided Grand Finals.

Street Fighter 5 gets iconic Thailand stage as DLC

Plus new school costumes for Ryu, Chun-Li and Juri.

If you played Street Fighter 2 back in the day, you'll know the Thailand stage well. I spent countless hours suffering defeat after defeat at the hands of end boss M. Bison, who called the Thailand Stage home despite being head of the nebulous Shadaloo. Sagat, the third of the original game's four bosses, I could deal with. Cheating bastard Bison, however, could do one.

Watch Sony's fancy pants PS4 advert

And hunt for video game references.

John Lewis and M&S eat your hearts out. Sony's released a fancy new PlayStation 4 advert just in time for Christmas - and it's packed with video game references.

Akuma confirmed for Street Fighter 5

Akuma confirmed for Street Fighter 5

And it looks like he has a cool trick up his sleeve.

Akuma is coming to Street Fighter 5.

The fan favourite fighting game character was teased after the conclusion of the Red Bull Battlegrounds Capcom Pro Tour tournament in Seattle last night.

All we got to see of Akuma was a new rainy stage, a glimpse at his trademark Raging Demon attack, and kanji scrawled on the back of his gi. Check it out in the video below.

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Today's big Street Fighter 5 update is actually two separate massive downloads

Today's big Street Fighter 5 update is actually two separate massive downloads

Be warned: you're looking at over 16GB coming down the pipe.

Street Fighter 5 gets a huge update today, one that adds a raft of new content as well as the long-awaited cinematic story mode.

But be warned: for some reason Capcom has separated out the patch and the story mode into two, massive downloads. The 1.04 update can be downloaded automatically if you've set your PlayStation 4 up to do so. But the story mode must be downloaded manually from the PlayStation Store.

I turned the office PS4 on and saw, as expected, the 8.38GB update downloading for Street Fighter 5. But once it was complete and installed, I couldn't access the story mode from within the game itself. That's because the story mode is a separate download - despite it all being free.

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Yoshinori Ono discusses Street Fighter 5's launch problems

Yoshinori Ono discusses Street Fighter 5's launch problems

"We underestimated the popularity of some of the single-player features…"

Street Fighter 5 - in gameplay terms - is a wonderful fighting game. But it launched in a sorry state, missing key single-player-focused modes.

Now, Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono has opened up about these launch woes, admitting the game failed to satisfy those who enjoy the single-player aspect of fighting games.

"I think it's safe to say that we underestimated the popularity of some of the single-player features," Ono said in an interview with Game Informer (via EventHubs).

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Capcom patches out Chun-Li's ridiculous boob physics

As expected, Capcom's patched out Chun-Li's ridiculous boob physics from Street Fighter 5.

In February we reported on a "bug" that sent Chun-Li's boobs bouncing all over the place.

Oddly, Chun-Li's boobs only bounced around when you picked her as player two during character select. You can see the physics in the video, below.

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Street Fighter 5's big March update dated, DLC characters temporarily free

Street Fighter 5's big March update dated, DLC characters temporarily free

In-game shop going live, though Zenny yet to be implemented.

Capcom has dated its big March update for Street Fighter 5, with a patch arriving on March 28th that will introduce features such as Challenge Mode, 8 player lobbies and an online rematch option.

Shortly afterwards, on March 30th, another update lands that will introduce Street Fighter 5's in-game shop as well as Alex, the first DLC character - and in a pleasant twist, Alex will be free.

Capcom's made the decision as it won't have launched the Zenny shop - Street Fighter 5's currency that can be bought for real cash - in time for the new update, so has managed a generous workaround. Alex will only be free up until the point the Zenny shop launches - and there's no word on quite when that will be.

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10 days after launch, Street Fighter 5 online play is much improved

10 days after Street Fighter 5 launched, the fighting game's online portion is much improved.

I've put time into the PlayStation 4 version of the game this week and can report online play works well, although there is still much work to be done.

Street Fighter 5 launched with a raft of problems, among them spotty online that prevented a lot of people from playing.

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Last year it emerged that Capcom had toned down Street Fighter 5 for its western release, specifically removing bubbly grappler R.Mika's butt slap and a glimpse of Cammy's crotch. The move sparked a censorship debate among the fighting game community. Some welcomed the change, some were outraged.

Street Fighter 5 gets off to rocky start

UPDATE: matchmaking now working after broken first evening.

UPDATE 17th February 2016: Street Fighter 5 matchmaking has stabilised after a first evening in which most players were unable to get a game online.

What Street Fighter 5 will - and won't - have at launch

What Street Fighter 5 will - and won't - have at launch

No in-game store, challenge mode or eight-player lobbies until March.

Capcom's outlined exactly what Street Fighter 5 will - and won't - feature when it launches next week.

When Street Fighter 5 launches on PC and PlayStation 4 on 16th February, it'll do so without a number of features you'd expect from a full price fighting game. But players will only have to wait a month for them.

When you complete each character story you unlock their corresponding story mode costume for purchase in the in-game store. All good! Well, no. The in-game store doesn't launch till March. So yes, you will unlock the ability to buy a costume later on. Weird.

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Street Fighter 5's Laura announced - officially, this time

As expected, Capcom has officially announced Laura for Street Fighter 5 at the Brasil Game Show.

Laura Matsuda is a Brazilian who specialises in "Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu", Capcom said. She has a "methodical grapple style" with quick movement who should be good for those who like up close and personal characters. Her speed and command grabs rekindle memories of Street Fighter 4's Abel, and her electricity powers bring to mind fellow Brazilian, Blanka. She's also the first grappler in the Street Fighter series to have a projectile.

Her V-Skill is Linear Movement. Here's the official blurb:

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Second Street Fighter 5 beta detailed

Second Street Fighter 5 beta detailed

Trailer for Laura leaked.

The second Street Fighter 5 beta test begins on 22nd October and ends on 25th October, Capcom has announced.

This beta features cross-platform play between PlayStation 4 and PC, but PC gamers don't get access to the beta until 24th October, which means they only have two days of play time, compared to four days for PS4 gamers.

For beta two, characters Ken, Necalli, Vega and R. Mika will be playable. Rashid will be added in on 23rd October, and Karin added on 24th October. Ryu, Chun-Li, Cammy, Birdie, Nash and M. Bison, who were playable during the first beta, will not be available this time.

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Karin confirmed for Street Fighter 5

Karin confirmed for Street Fighter 5

Another Alpha character returns.

Capcom has announced Karin as a playable character in PlayStation 4 and PC fighting game Street Fighter 5.

Karin, last seen in 1998's Street Fighter Alpha 3 as a rival to Sakura, was unveiled in the video, below. She's the young heiress to the Kanzuki Zaibatsu, a global financial conglomerate. Here's the official blurb:

Her regal and pampered upbringing is what led to her high-maintenance attitude and razor-sharp wit. But behind her flowing golden locks lies a true martial artist obsessed with upholding her family motto, "In all things be victorious!" Karin is well versed in numerous martial arts, which she and her family combined to create a unique "Kanzuki style" of fighting.

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Street Fighter 5 worldwide beta test begins midnight Friday

Street Fighter 5 worldwide beta test begins midnight Friday

I will meditate and then destroy you.

Capcom will relaunch the Street Fighter 5 PlayStation 4 worldwide beta test at midnight this Friday, 28th August 2015. That's 12:00am BST, 29th August, just to be clear.

It continues for five days and ends at 3pm 2nd September.

"Outside of the servers being shut down for periodic maintenance, we expect everything to run continuously throughout the entire five day beta period," Capcom said, no doubt while knocking on all of the wood in the office.

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Street Fighter 5 beta returns today

The PlayStation 4 Street Fighter 5 beta comes back online today.

Capcom plans a series of region-specific stress tests for the fighting game. The first begins in Europe today, from 4pm UK time to midnight. There's another tomorrow, Friday 21st August, again from 4pm to midnight.

The results from these tests will determine the dates and times for North America and Asia tests, Capcom said.

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The Street Fighter 5 beta isn't working

The Street Fighter 5 beta isn't working

UPDATE: Beta postponed indefinitely, won't count as pre-order incentive.

UPDATE 28/07/2015 2am: Street Fighter 5's beta test ended up being a colossal failure, mostly on account of the fact that it did not work. After launching on 23rd July, Capcom faced many issues resulting in the servers being taken offline off and on. As such, Capcom has decided to pull the whole hog and reinstate it later once the kinks have been worked out.

"Capcom offers its sincerest apologies to everyone who participated in this first beta test," the publisher said on its Capcom Unity blog. "While the purpose of a beta is to work out these type of issues, it was very clear that the issues we faced were more severe than we were prepared for. After three days of testing, while we were making progress and collecting valuable data, we felt the majority of players were not having a good experience, and the best course of action would be to take the servers offline for extended maintenance. We will be postponing our first beta phase until we believe the experience is going to be a positive one for players."

Capcom further clarified that this botched beta test will not count as one of the pre-order incentives for the upcoming fighting game. "We are still working out the specifics on the incentive, but can confirm that connecting to, or not being able to connect to the initial beta, will not be a factor in receiving this incentive," Capcom clarified.

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Street Fighter 5's first beta is online versus only

The first Street Fighter 5 beta begins 24th July in Europe at around 2am UK time, Capcom has announced.

It runs for five days and is exclusive to the PlayStation 4.

The beta begins with four playable characters: Ryu, Chun Li, Nash and M. Bison. A few days later, Cammy and Birdie will be playable. Capcom said this delayed release is because it's testing its new content delivery system as well as its online net code.

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Birdie and Cammy confirmed for Street Fighter V

Capcom has announced two new characters for fighting game Street Fighter V: Cammy and Birdie.

Cammy will be familiar to fans of the series - she's been in most of the games released in recent years. Birdie, though, is more obscure. The bulging British punk rocker hasn't been seen since the Street Fighter Alpha series.

Here's the Birdie blurb, from Capcom's Peter "ComboFiend" Rosas over at Capcom Unity:

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New Street Fighter 5 video introduces Charlie

North American pre-orders come with online beta access.

Capcom has finally confirmed the presence of Charlie Nash in Street Fighter 5, with Guile's good friend starring in an all new trailer for the arcade and PlayStation 4 brawler.

Street Fighter 5 exclusive to PC and PS4

Street Fighter 5 exclusive to PC and PS4

UPDATE: PS4 only console it will ever appear on. First gameplay video.

UPDATE: Capcom has announced Street Fighter 5 at Sony's PlayStation Experience event after yesterday's leak.

The trailer that went live yesterday before being pulled is now back online, and below.

On stage, Sony said Street Fighter 5 will have cross-platform play for PS4 and PC. Sony's Adam Boyes said PS4 "will be the only console this game ever appears on". No Xbox One version, then.

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