If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Street Fighter 5 season two begins today

Akuma, Christmas costumes and 92 pages of balance changes.

Street Fighter 5's second season begins today with the addition of Akuma as a playable character.

Akuma arrives alongside his story, premium battle and nostalgia costumes. There's a £24.99 Season 2 character pass, which gets you Akuma and five brand new characters throughout the year, along with their premium costumes and a PS4 theme.

There are a huge number of balance changes. Capcom's put out a 92-page PDF with all the details. I won't go through them all here, but instead look at the tweaks from an overarching perspective.

Capcom changed invincible moves that don't use meter, such as a Shoryuken, because it found characters who had them were better than those who didn't.

Normal throws have been changed, particularly for those characters who could loop throw at the edge of the screen.

Because of these changes, characters who were able to attack more often and had a long reach became significantly stronger, so Capcom adjusted the strength of general attacks for all characters to balance it out.

Meanwhile, the leaked information I reported on last week is now confirmed, including the public shaming of rage quitters. Here's Capcom's note on the new system:

That last line about League Points is particularly welcome. Hopefully that'll be that for rage quitting.

And finally, Street Fighter 5 now has Christmas costume DLC. You can get it all in a bundle that costs £15.99.

Will you support Eurogamer?

We want to make Eurogamer better, and that means better for our readers - not for algorithms. You can help! Become a supporter of Eurogamer and you can view the site completely ad-free, as well as gaining exclusive access to articles, podcasts and conversations that will bring you closer to the team, the stories, and the games we all love. Subscriptions start at £3.99 / $4.99 per month.

About the Author

Wesley Yin-Poole avatar

Wesley Yin-Poole

Deputy Editorial Director

Wesley is deputy editorial director of ReedPop. He likes news, interviews, and more news. He also likes Street Fighter more than anyone can get him to shut up about it.


More News

Latest Articles

Supporters Only

Eurogamer.net logo

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer.net Merch