Street Fighter V’s DLC will be earnable through gameplay

As popular as it has become within the professional fighting games tournament scene, the Street Fighter series has also become infamous for double, triple, and even quadruple-dipping its fingers into players’ wallets with annual updates and re-releases forcing devoted fans to constantly shell out in order to remain competitive. Fortunately, Capcom isn’t planning on making the same mistakes again with next year’s Street Fighter V by making sure that the game’s original version is the only version fans will ever have to buy.

There will naturally be free patches that include fighter balancing tweaks and bug fixes but, for the first time ever, there will also be a system in place for players to unlock post-launch DLC content, including new characters and costumes, without having to spend real money for it. This will be done via a pseudo free-to-play format using two different forms of in-game currency: Fight Money, which can be earned by playing, and Zenny, which is bought with real cash. Whenever a new piece of DLC content is released, it will have both a Fight Money price and a Zenny price, allowing players to pick and choose which content they want to unlock and how.

Full details can be found on the Capcom Unity blog. Street Fighter V is currently slated for a March, 2016 release window.