The Grand Finals wasn’t the only hype moment at this year’s North America Regional Finals, as we also announced Street Fighter V: Champion Edition! This action-packed new version 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’s 40 characters, 34 stages and over 200 costumes, making Champion Edition the most stacked version of Street Fighter V yet! Read on for more info on Champion Edition, Gill and the new November content!
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 beginning on February 14, 2020. Anyone who pre-orders Champion Edition in North America (other territories may vary) will receive a fierce-looking new costume color for each character. For current owners of any version of Street Fighter V, there’s also a handy Upgrade Kit for MSRP $24.99 / €24.99 / £19.99 that grants you instant access to all available Champion Edition content as it becomes available leading up to the launch date.
As always, all game mode additions and balance updates are free for owners of any Street Fighter V version. In fact, all-new V-Skills (V-Skill 2) are being added for each character and, along with a new balance update, will be available for free to current players next month. All DLC characters can still be purchased separately or earned free-of-charge by completing various in-game challenges and receiving Fight Money.
Now, on a more angelic note, Champion Edition heralds the return of Gill, the leader of the Secret Society and the end boss of the Street Fighter III series. Anyone who finished SFV ’s “A Shadow Falls” story mode will remember the final sequence where Gill was shown to be plotting behind the scenes. Gill is now ready to reveal himself to the world, as he sets out to fulfil the prophecy that the Secret Society has coveted since ancient times. Gill will be added to the Street Fighter V roster as part of Street Fighter V: Champion Edition in February 2020 or can be acquired separately starting in December for MSRP $5.99 / €5.99 / £4.99 or 100,000 Fight Money.
Gill is a master of both Pyrokinesis and Cryokinesis, being able to control fire and ice with perfect elemental balance (hence his outward appearance). All his heavy normal attacks, and all but one of his special moves, have an elemental alignment. When Gill throws out a fierce punch, it’ll be engulfed in flames, and when he lets fly with a standing roundhouse, it’ll hit opponents with a frozen force. But these hot and cold flashes aren’t just for show. They also form the cornerstone of Gill’s unique mechanic – Retribution (bet you’re glad we didn’t say Resurrection).
V-Skill 1 – Divine Comet
Depending on which V-Trigger is selected, Divine Comet will summon either an ice or fire-based projectile. If this missile hits the opponent, they’ll be afflicted with either a flaming aura that slowly reduces grey life or a frozen veil that stops their stun gauge from recovering. If Gill then hits the opponent with an elementally opposed strike, the word “Retribution” appears on screen and the rules get rewritten. His overhead causes a hard knockdown, his standing fierce punch leaves him at plus 10 on hit and he gets more opportunities for juggles and air resets.
V-Skill 2 – Blocking
Blocking can be performed against mid/high attacks or low to deflect the opponent’s attack. It’s effective against strikes and projectiles and it can also be rapidly chained into itself for those “Moment #37” opportunities.
V-Trigger 1 – Primal Fire
Primal Fire powers up Gill’s fire-based special attacks, causing them to set the opponent on fire without having to spend any bar on their EX versions. It also unlocks two additional flaming attacks. Burn Storm is a burning tempest that can be cancelled from most of Gill’s normal attacks and Flame Javelin is a fast moving projectile that strikes the ground like a mini meteorite.
V-Trigger 2 – Ice of Doom
Ice of Doom is the arctic opposite of Primal Fire, in that it buffs Gill’s ice-based specials. It also unlocks two additional moves that are less spicy and more icy. Tree of Frost is a frozen pillar of spikes that rapidly grows from Gill’s outstretched palm. If it strikes the opponent while they’re in a burning state, the Retribution effect will cause a wall bounce. Delay Freeze Lance sets a frosty trap on the ground that functions like a proximity mine. Should the opponent be careless enough to trigger it without blocking, the ensuing detonation will freeze them in place and leave them open for an unabridged combo.
“Sun Chase Moon” Stage
In keeping with their namesake, the Secret Society have hidden bases spread across the globe. The new Sun Chase Moon stage houses one such base, looking suspiciously similar to the spiralling structure shown during Urien’s ending in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. On one side of the stage, the sun looms intently with fierce beams of light, while on the other, the moon hangs in the sky with seemingly perpetual twilight. The structure in the middle also lights up with ancient runes when either player secures a round. The Sun Chase Moon stage will be added to Street Fighter V: Champion Edition or available separately in December for MSRP $3.99 / €3.99 / £3.29 or 70,000 Fight Money.
As if all this news wasn’t festive enough, there’s more! Beginning on November 18 th , new holiday-themed content will be available in Street Fighter V! Light up the holidays with themed costumes for G, Poison and Lucia for MSRP $3.99 / €3.99 / £3.29. And in weather-related news, a blizzard has apparently hit Metro City and transformed Abigail’s auto shop into a “Holly Jolly Beatdown” winter wonderland! Add this new stage to your collection for MSRP $1.99 / €1.99 / £1.69 or 40,000 Fight Money. The holiday costumes are available on Nov 18 and the stage is coming later this month!
Extra Battle: Blanka (Nergigante)
And finally, for our Monster Hunter fans out there, we’ve got something special. Street fighting and monster hunting go together like, well… Blanka and Nergigante. From November 22 nd through December 20 th , if SFV players get a “Quest Complete” in Extra Battle mode, they’ll be rewarded with a new Blanka costume carved from Nergigante, a ferocious spiky Elder Dragon first introduced in Monster Hunter: World. Current Monster Hunter World: Iceborne players can battle the all-new (and even more ferocious and spiky) Ruiner Nergigante in this recently released expansion!
Ok, that’s all for now, but more exciting Street Fighter V content is in the works. As a reminder, don’t forget to attend (or view) Capcom Cup 2019 (Dec 13-15 in Los Angeles), the culmination of the 2019 Capcom Pro Tour. A winner will be crowned and another new SFV announcement may be coming your way too!