That’s a wrap on Capcom Cup 2019, as another highly entertaining season of the Capcom Pro Tour (CPT) is in the books. Congrats to the champ, to all the World Warriors who competed and to everyone who made CPT 2019 one of the most hype seasons yet. Crowning the champion wasn’t the only post-event excitement, as we also shared more news on Street Fighter V: Champion Edition.
Seth, the “King of Chaos” and boss character from Street Fighter IV, was announced as character #40 in Street Fighter V and will be taking form on February 14, 2020, when the full version of Champion Edition releases. And just in time for the holidays, the December update has been released, making Gill, the “Sun Chase Moon” stage, V-Skill II and a new battle balance available now for current players.
Continue reading for further details on Seth, the December update and more!
The Street Fighter series has played host to many iconic bosses. The first entry in the series had Sagat and Street Fighter II: The World Warrior introduced us to M. Bison and his malevolent Psycho Power. And who could forget Street Fighter III: New Generation and the resurrection of the messiah-like Gill. All three of these badass bosses have made the generational leap to Street Fighter V: Champion Edition. And now, Street Fighter IV’s Seth is coming to Champion Edition, rounding off the boss gauntlet from the main Street Fighter series.
You may be wondering why Seth looks somewhat different than in Street Fighter IV. In truth, Seth is more machine than human, and was never male or female to begin with. Seth’s exact origins were never made abundantly clear, but this character didn’t make it through the events of Street Fighter IV entirely unscathed. The form you see here is the remnants of Seth’s biological brain paired with the body of Doll Unit Zero. It’s a different look, to be sure, but Seth still speaks with the same voice and craves both M. Bison’s demise and data on the strongest fighters.
V-Skill 1 – Tanden Engine
In Street Fighter IV, Seth had already collected data on many strong attacks. In Street Fighter V, Seth’s ability to steal opponent’s moves is taken to a whole new level with V-Skill 1, Tanden Engine. By successfully punishing or catching the opponent off-guard with Tanden Engine’s vacuum-like effect, Seth can steal a special move. From Balrog, it’s Turn Punch. From Chun-Li, it’s Lightning Legs. From Sagat, it’s Tiger Knee. And from who Seth hates the most, it’s Double Knee Press. Each of these stolen moves gives Seth access to something uniquely different, but perhaps due to corrupted memory, Seth can only use it once before needing to steal it again.
V-Skill 2 – Tanden Booster
Rather than stealing, Tanden Booster is all about adding momentum to Seth’s pre-installed specials moves. Tapping this V-Skill 2 will make Seth dash forward from a full screen away. Tapping it again will cancel the dash before it finishes. Inputting one of Seth’s special attacks during the dash will have a variety of effects. The Hecatoncheires rapid punches becomes Hecatoncheires Glide, a move that’s safe on block but leaves the opponent standing and in idle mix-up range on hit. The Cruel Disaster pirouette kick becomes Spin Pendulum, a move that causes a knockdown and can be used for oki. The other advantage of Tanden Booster is that you can combo into it from Seth’s target combo and standing heavy punch.
V-Trigger 1 – Tanden Ignition
In Champion Edition, the glory of the Tanden Engine is unleashed with Tanden Ignition. This three bar V-Trigger unlocks teleporting follow-ups for all four of Seth’s special moves. The Hecatoncheires leads into the Titanomachy gut punch. The Mad Cradle dragon punch transitions into the Mad Spin descending drill. The Cruel Disaster morphs into the Cyclone Disaster crescent kick – leaving the window open for a combo extension. And the Annihilate Sword dive kick shifts seamlessly into the Hell’s Gate upturned palm thrust. But that’s not all. Tanden Ignition is also compatible with many stolen moves. Ken’s Dragon Punch into Mad Spin for 14 hits? Sure you can!
V-Trigger 2 – Tanden Maneuver
Tanden Maneuver turns Seth into a pinball wizard. Upon activation, Seth will summon a large sphere of energy. You can move the sphere in different directions up to four times before the sphere dissipates. The sphere can strike the opponent while moving – with the potential of putting them into a juggle state – or it can be left in place to act as a stationary projectile. Seth can also detonate the sphere early with Tanden Explode. If the opponent is caught by this, they’ll be sent skyward. But if they choose to block, Seth will be left at significant (as high as plus nine) frame advantage. Suffice to say, this two-bar V-Trigger 2 is the more technical of the two and has a lot of set-up potential for players to discover.
Critical Art – Tanden Destruction/Tanden Extreme
Rather than drawing the opponent into the Tanden Engine as in Street Fighter IV, Seth draws them into a large sphere of energy as the Tanden Engine goes into overdrive. In the final moments of Tanden Destruction, the opponent is propelled into the arena wall with significant force. However, if Seth has V-Trigger 1 active, Tanden Destruction becomes Tanden Extreme. This overclocked Critical Art lets us witness the true power of the Tanden Engine as Seth summons a doppelganger to intensify the destructive forces at play. The end result is more damage and a face crushing connection with the fourth wall.
Seth will be joining the Street Fighter V: Champion Edition roster when the full version releases on February 14, but the new December update is available now for current players. Here’s a rundown of what’s available:
The leader of the Secret Society and a master of elemental balance, Gill has officially graced the illustrious roster with his presence in Street Fighter V: Champion Edition. With the ability to control both fire and ice, Gill’s fierce punch will be engulfed in flames, while his standing roundhouse will hit opponents with a frozen force. Gill can be acquired separately beginning today for MSRP $5.99 / €5.99 / £4.99 or 100,000 Fight Money and will be added to the roster in the full version of Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, available on February 14, 2020.
“Sun Chase Moon” Stage
Gill’s home base, the new “Sun Chase Moon” stage, offers a perfectly balanced locale for players to light up the day and rule the night. This all-new stage is available now for MSRP $3.99 / €3.99 / £3.29 or 70,000 Fight Money and will be included in the full version of Street Fighter V: Champion Edition .
Beginning today, all new V-Skills are being added to every character in Street Fighter V: Champion Edition. There are so many other awesome new V-Skills that we can’t wait for you to try out. There’s M. Bison’s teleporting cross-up knee that’s plus one on block. There’s Birdie’s weaponised bubble gum projectile that he can blow to different sizes. There’s Alex’s new charge that lets him cancel his special moves into each other. There’s Abigail’s rolling tire projectile that he can whack in different directions. And there’s Cody’s high or low dodge that gives him a few frames of strike intangibility before letting him follow up with a hook or sweep. These new V-Skills and the new balance patch changes are available for all existing Street Fighter V owners as a free download beginning today.
New Battle Balance
As mentioned previously, a new battle balance is available now as a free download for current players. There are a lot of details to share, so go here to find out what changes and improvements have been made to your favourite fighters.
And now, to put a bow on this blog, we wanted to share this all-new trailer for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition …
Street Fighter V: Champion Edition includes all content (excluding Fighting Chance costumes, brand collaboration costumes and Capcom Pro Tour DLC) from both the original release and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. It also includes each character, stage and costume that released after Arcade Edition and will release for Champion Edition. That means 40 characters, 34 stages and over 200 costumes!
For current owners of any version of Street Fighter V, the Upgrade Kit for MSRP $24.99 / €24.99 / £19.99 offers INSTANT ACCESS to Gill, the “Sun Chase Moon” stage and all available Champion Edition content as it becomes available leading up to the launch date. For new players, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition will be available physically and digitally on PlayStation 4 and as a digital download on Steam for MSRP $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99 on February 14, 2020.
Thanks to street fighters around the world for the continued support and for an amazing 2019 – we look forward to sharing more next year. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!