Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is a 2.5D fighting game developed and published by Capcom. It is the first major updated version of Street Fighter V, the latest installment in the Street Fighter series of fighting games. It cost $39.99 for the standard edition, and is a free update for those who already own the original version. The game features all the original playable characters (including the DLC fighters), an Arcade Mode (which was absent in the original installment), new modes such as the Extra Battle Mode, selectable V-Triggers, as well as new visuals to the game's design.
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition was released on January 16, 2018 for PlayStation 4 and PC. Unlike the original version, it was also released for arcades, being known as Street Fighter V: Type Arcade.
Arcade Edition plays at its core the same as the original Street Fighter V, but with various quality of gameplay improvements and additional modes that were either heavily requested or announced, but never released.
- New UI: The general UI has seen various visual changes. The main menu now sports a yellow and gold palette as opposed to black and blue. The character select screen has been revamped to accommodate for extra fighters. The background of the select screen has been changed from a globe to a gold arena. The UI in fights has also gotten gold plating. The Critical Art and V-Trigger meters have been changed and the text has black borders.
- Second V-Triggers: Every returning character has received second V-Triggers (refered as "V-Trigger II", with the originals refered as "V-Trigger I") that can be selectable on the character select screen.
- Bonus Stage: The player is tasked with breaking twenty barrels as they plummet into the center of the screen from conveyer belts above. The player will also have "help" from a computer-controlled character who will keep the barrels in the center using his own move set. Final Fight enemy character Two P appear as a CPU opponent.
- Arcade Mode: The standard arcade mode that is seen in other Street Fighter games. In this installment, there are six different ladders to go through, each representing a major game in the franchise (Street Fighter I, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V). Each one contains returning fighters sectioned into the games that they first appeared in. The player get the choice to choose the next fighter from two, a returning element from Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. There are over 200 arcade endings featuring illustrations from various artists (players can head into the Gallery to find out the unlock condition for each ending). The endings range from simply completing a path to getting a "Perfect" on the bonus stage.
- Extra Battle Mode: Time exclusive challenges that allow players to fight NPCs from the first cinematic story mode, A Shadow Falls, in order to gain exclusive alternate costumes.
- Team Battle Mode: A returning mode from Ultra Street Fighter IV. A heavily customize-able mode where numerous characters in two teams are queued up in various fights and each fighter are eliminated in a queue until one team's fighters are all eliminated. Once a fighter is eliminated from one side, the next fighter in that team line-up fights the character that eliminated the first fighter.
- Gallery: A library of artwork for Street Fighter V, such as concept art and the arcade mode endings.
At launch, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition includes all twenty-eight characters from the original version of the game, including all the season one and two DLC fighters. Players who buy the retail version will get the DLC fighters for free, but players who download Arcade Edition as a free update for the original game will still have to pay for them. Starting from December 2018, Capcom have dropped the use of Season Pass.
Through 2021, the fifth and final season will add five additional fighters for a grand total of 45 fighters.
The fifth season also includes Eleven. Prior to the first round, it randomly morphs into one of the characters, letting the player to battle with the newly transformed character; with a preset V-Skill and V-Trigger.
* Season three DLC characters. ** Season four DLC characters.
During the development of the original Street Fighter V, producer Yoshinori Ono stated that gameplay expansions and changes would not come in new updated installments like with previous Street Fighter games but rather gradually be added to the game over the long term, and Capcom stated that an Arcade Mode would be released in the future. On September 20, 2017, the UK games retailer ShopTo showed a listing for Arcade Edition.
An artbook, Street Fighter V Arcade Edition: A Visionary Book II was released.
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition holds a Metascore of 87/100 based on 36 critics, citing generally favorable reviews. Positive reviews came from IGN, GameSpot, Hardcore Gamer, and Electronic Gaming Monthly; all of which gave the game a 9/10 citing the game as a transformation from being an unfinished product to a fully fledged experience. Each praised the addition of the content in Arcade Mode and the option to select a second V-Trigger, with some praising the addition of the Team Battle mode and having frame data in the training mode. EGM praised "the ability to bring up a 3D viewer in the Shop (in order to get a proper look at new costumes and color variants before purchasing them), combined with the option to filter certain purchasables (such as outfits) only for certain characters". Push Square was less positive, giving the game an 8/10, saying that "There's a cynical part of us that says Arcade Edition is little more than a glorified season three update, but the simple truth is that there's never been a better time to jump in". 4Players and NY Daily News both said it was the game "you always wanted".
The Arcade Edition was nominated for "Best Fighting Game" at The Game Awards 2018 and for "Fan Favorite Fighting Game" at the Gamers' Choice Awards, both losing to Dragon Ball FighterZ. Said Arcade Edition was also nominated for the Raging Bull Award for Best Fighting Game at the New York Game Awards, losing to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Street Fighter V series
- Capcom Fighters Network - official news and info site dedicated to Street Fighter V and the franchise in general (available on both Japanese and English)