Capcom has unveiled everything players can expect out of the Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition’s final update – including a staggering 79 pages worth of patch notes. Dubbed the “Definitive Update”, today’s substantial patch has no shortage of fresh content.
The pixel filter pays homage to the series’ past by bathing the game in a classic arcade aesthetic that really hammers home the nostalgia, but it’s the cel-shaded filter that truly offers something special. The crisp new visuals of the filter add depth and vibrancy to the game’s 45 characters and their various attack animations, and could become a new fan-favorite way to play.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Premier Pass will provide players with costumes for Seth, M. Bison, and Akira, re-colors for all 45 characters, two fighter profile themes, five titles, and 10,000 Fight Money. Capcom is also planning to release new tracksuits for every character over the course of the Capcom Pro Tour.
The most shocking part of today’s announcement, however, may be the extraordinary size of the patch notes, which features a wide selection of quality-of-life updates alongside huge changes to every character in the game. With so many alterations to the flow of the game, there will undoubtedly be a significant shift in the meta.
Capcom has clearly gone all out on saying goodbye to its flagship fighting game from the PS4 era, and the team will now presumably focus all of its attention toward the recently-announced Street Fighter 6. Capcom has promised we’ll hear more about the sequel in Summer 2022.
Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition’s “Definitive Update” goes live between 6pm and 10pm PST today, during which time the game’s servers are expected to be unavailable.
In the meantime, Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition will be a part of the EVO 2022 lineup alongside other major titles like Tekken 7, Granblue Fantasy: Versus, and last year’s hit, Guilty Gear Strive. The event will be held at Mandalay Bay Resort from August 5 to 7.
Billy Givens is a freelance writer at IGN.