Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's Extra Battle will reward players with monthly premium costumes, and one might be Viewtiful Joe

You'll face unique enemies, including golden-colored Shadaloo soldiers

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • October 5, 2017 at 11 a.m. PDT

One of the new modes coming included with Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is Extra Battle. This feature presents new challenges to players each month that will give them the opportunity to unlock special premium costumes.

The Shadaloo CRI has given us our first glimpse of what we can expect to see out of this mode, and it is certainly interesting. First, here is the official description of Extra Battle from today's press release.

"In Extra Battle Mode, a new series of time exclusive challenges will be available for players to use their Fight Money for the chance to receive an exclusive premium outfit each month. Complete all four challenges each month and receive a special premium costume exclusive to this mode."

According to the official Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition fact sheet, the ability to unlock premium costumes will run throughout 2018. If we indeed see one costume each month, that means we might be looking at 12 all-new costumes to use in-game.

Extra Battle will pit players against unique enemies, such as golden-colored Shadaloo soldiers, to earn Fight Money. The Shadaloo CRI notes that there may even be opponents "wearing special alternate costumes...?!"

As we see from the fourth screenshot below, Rashid is dressed as Viewtiful Joe -- a character from another Capcom IP. Though the post does not specify whether or not this will be one of the special, unlockable premium costumes, it does seem like a lot of effort to just be a random opponent you face.

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What's also intriguing about the Extra Battle description is the mention that players will "use their Fight Money for the chance to receive an exclusive premium outfit each month."

Based on the phrasing of that statement, it sounds like players might have to pay Fight Money to participate in these challenges or something along those lines. Considering you'll be unlocking a premium costume for your troubles, I guess it does make sense that a Fight Money requirement would be involved.

We'll have to wait for more information before we know for sure, though.

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