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Street Fighter V to get "best story mode in franchise history"

We talked to Capcom's Matt Dahlgren ahead of the upcoming update.

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We recently spoke to Capcom's Director of Brand Marketing and eSports Matt Dahlgren about the state of game and the updates coming out for it in the future.

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One of the main additions to the game is a story mode coming out which Dahlgren described as the "best story mode that we've ever had for the Street Fighter franchise", being "cinematic in nature" and roughly three to four hours in length. The storyline will be centralised and give previews to all of the DLC characters as well, the character stories also setting up the backstory for the main story. The premise is that seven mysterious black moons have appeared and warriors need to rise up to battle its forces. "We think our fans are really going to like it", Dahlgren added.

When Street Fighter V was originally released in February there had been some annoyance at the lack of a story mode and that this was not included on release, but when asked about whether he was surprised at the demand for this, Dahlgren said that it had always been part of the plan and he was aware that Street Fighters want a good single player experience. The inclusion of a story mode later on was just part of the game's identity as a "constantly evolving service" and that the story mode only adds to it becoming "the fighting game to go to for many years to come" according to him. He added that fans will be "pleasantly surprised" by the story mode and that all judgement should be reserved until it is released.

Talking about updates more generally, Dahlgren said "we're still just getting started" with the game and that there is so much more coming out to satisfy players. The third DLC character Ibuki, for instance, is a distinct fighter "unlike any other character in our roster" and Dahlgren was adamant fans will enjoy her as well. All of these updates will be of "no cost to the player" and they will never be forced to buy another disc as the game moves forward. He compared the game's approach to improvement to that of Street Fighter IV except he made clear that these improvements will be free for the player to access and that they are committed to continuing to make the game better.

Another thing Dahlgren was keen to talk about was the competitive side of Street Fighter V including the Capcom Pro Tour and eSports initiative. He said the eSports strategy had been very successful despite a few hiccups at the start of the game's life cycle and that there has been massive growth on the Capcom Pro Tour since then, almost all tournaments doubling in size.

The new update for the game will come out on July 1 and contain the story mode, Ibuki and another surprise addition, namely Balrog.

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