Balance changes are confirmed for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Capcom outright says it after no previous mention

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • December 7, 2017 at 8:01 a.m. PST

It seems like a no-brainer, right? With a new update to Street Fighter 5, we expect to see more balance changes implemented.

Since its announcement, I have combed over the details of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition countless times, and oddly enough, I have seen no mention of balance changes. In fact, the official press release for the update lists Arcade Mode, Extra Battle Mode, new V-trigger moves, Gallery, new user interface, Season 1 DLC characters, and Season 2 DLC characters, but no balance adjustments.

Even in the game's latest trailer, we see a quick round up of the update's more important features, and character changes aren't among them. If it was previously mentioned somewhere, it was well hidden.

Again, the implication was always that we'd see balance changes with the release of Arcade Edition. But without it being stated outright, I couldn't help but wonder if maybe they were coming at a later time.

In a new blog post about their PlayStation Experience presence, Capcom provided a quick description about Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition -- which will be playable at the event. It is here that we have confirmation of balance changes being included with the update.

"If you’re the competitive type, get your hands on the balance changes coming to Arcade Edition, all new V-Triggers, and check out the newest costumes for your favorite characters," the blog reads. "With Street Fighter 5 out now, you can hone your skills on the show floor and take the fight home on PS4!

"Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition launches on January 16th, with all existing owners of Street Fighter 5 getting the update, gameplay-related content, and balance changes as a free update on the same day."

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During Capcom Unity's Arcade Edition stream on Monday, fans spotted what might be some of the changes we'll see once the update is released.

We've seen reports of a slower dash punch for Balrog and a potentially faster dash for Alex. However, the most concrete change we saw was to Ken's regular throw.

NurseLee put together a video comparing the push back of the throw in its current form to Arcade Edition. It's clear as day that Ken is pushed much further back after the throw in the latter, which many believe was put into place in order to remove the character's throw loops.

With Capcom Cup 2017 this weekend, we'll likely be seeing many more of these balance changes hit the internet. Be sure to stay tuned here at EventHubs for the latest Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition coverage.

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