Here's a good news for old and young Street Fighters fans. The Street Fighter game franchise is set to release its fifth edition in 2016. For excited fans, they can play a beta version 1.06 of the game, which will run from Dec. 17 to 20, according to IGN.
Furthermore, gamers can experience the high-powered gameplay of "Street Fighter V" during the PlayStation Experience event, which will happen on Dec. 5 and 6 in San Francisco, California. Sony will give participants a chance to play 15 fighters including Dhalsim, Laura, Karin, and Rashid.
The update has a hefty 2.26 GB file size and it "fixed various issues," according to EventHubs. The improvements seem to indicate that Capcom is preparing for another round of beta testing in the future.
To display the beta game version, Capcom will hold a tournament at the PlayStation Experience event. The gaming company will see how 32 players outlast each other to contend for $250,000 USD at Capcom Cup.
In our earlier report, Capcom's Brand Manager Brian Ayers said the fifth edition of Street Fighter game is being targeted for a "newer and younger" audience.
The strategy sounds pretty business-savvy, but the move aims to address the censorship issues that some gamers voiced out. Tech Radar published that new direction aims to town down the oversexualized components in the game.
Capcom has fixed some "revealing" camera angles of character's cut scenes. Game developers already removed Rainbow Mika's butt slap in Street Fighter V's beta, with the character's crotch area removed from the screen.
"Having Rainbow Mika slap her backside like an over-zealous line dancer is in pretty bad taste, but the gamers who are going to pick up Street Fighter V and play it into the ground aren't buying it for the parent guidance-baiting nature of its character models - they're buying it for crispness of the systems," TechRadar published.
However, some fans made an initiative to stop the censorship of Street Fighter V. The petition has more than 4,000 supporters.
"We do not want to accept any censorship of this kind, and we do not wish to purchase censored games," the petition stressed.
In a review from GamesRadar, it says Street Fighter 5 retains the core principles of the series, such as 2D one-on-one fighting, leaving players with only a joystick and six attack buttons.
The Street Fighter 5 cast is packed with fan favorites, and it seems like game developers are leaning on nostalgia as guiding principle for their character choices.