'Street Fighter V' release date set for Feb. 16, 2016; six post-launch characters announced

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Capcom has revealed the release date of the much awaited installment in the hit fighting franchise, “Street Fighter V.” Announced back at the Paris Games Week, the game will be arriving across all platforms in all regions on Feb. 16, 2016. 

In addition to the announcement of the game’s release date, Capcom also revealed that they will be releasing six characters post-launch, all obtainable in-game via the Fight Money currency, or can be bought with real money via microtransactions.

“The purpose of the Fight Money system is to reward players who stay engaged with Street Fighter V over time,” Capcom explained. “While we are still finalizing details on pricing and Fight Money accumulation rates, which will be refined throughout our future beta tests, we are excited to share some details on how we are approaching the new system.” 

Fight Money can be obtained by completing Daily Goals and levelling up fighters in the game which means that players need to be really active if they want to get a hold of those DLC characters for free. 

Another thing announced back at the Paris Games Week is the arrival of classic fighter Dhalsim for the new game, with a new look and improved skills set.

In other news, for hardcore fighting gamers as well as those who would want the nostalgic arcade feel when playing a fighting game, there is the new “Street Fighter V” arcade “FightStick Tournament Edition 2  Chun-Li Edition” from Mad Catz.

The first version of the “Street Fighter V”-themed Tournament Edition 2 FightStick features Chun-Li on the game pad design. The Mad Catz “SFV Arcade FightStick TE2  Chun-Li Edition” uses premium Sanwa Denshi parts, the same high-quality materials used in Japanese arcade machines. 

The TE2 FightStick also features an internal compartment storage within the device itself, perfect for extra tools and parts to come in handy just in case it will be needed. It comes with a small dual-tipped reversible screwdriver, too. Using the screwdriver, the top bezel can be removed so that users can replace the default Chun-Li artwork design with any other custom design without the need to totally disassemble the device and unwire-rewire any button. 

The Mad Catz “Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2  Chun-Li Edition” is now available for pre-order for a price of $229, and it comes with a free metal-clad Shoulder Strap for easier handling of the device, and a 9.8-foot cable. It will be released Holiday 2015.