Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition adds Sponsored Content for new ways to earn Fight Money, will be free to play December 11–19

Optional ads are coming your way

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • December 6, 2018 at 9:18 a.m. PST

Capcom has been steadily supporting Street Fighter 5 since its release almost three years ago, and now more people than ever will get the chance to try out the game than ever before with some added "bonuses" too.

The developer / publisher announced today that Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition will be free to play during the week of Capcom Cup, December 11–19, on both PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam.

This free trial will include the original 16 character roster from launch plus all current modes like online and Arcade Mode. DLC characters Guile, Akuma and Sagat will be usable for free during this time, but they can only be used in Training, Challenges, Ranked, Casual Matches and Battle Lounges.

Sponsored Content will also be making its way to SF5 on December 11 as a new way to earn Fight Money in Ranked and Casual Matches by viewing ads in the game.

These ads will come in the form of costume decals which will be placed on characters as the released image shows Capcom Pro Tour logos on Ryu and Balrog's gloves plus during loading screens and on certain stages.

Currently, this Sponsored Content is only confirmed to give in-game "reminders" about the Capcom Pro Tour, costumes and bundles in SF5, so it is unknown whether third-party advertisers will also be present this month or beyond.

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These ads are completely optional according to Capcom, as they can simply be turned off in the Battle Settings for players who do not wish to see the Sponsored Content while they play.

The free trial for Street Fighter 5 can be downloaded beginning at 9 a.m. PDT on December 11 where it will officially begin at 1 p.m. and run until December 19 at 9:59 a.m.

Street Fighter 5 leaker X-Kira recently reported that a new way to earn Fight Money is in the works for the game by playing in matches up to a set amount of time, but it is unclear if Sponsored Content is what he was referring to.

The actual event for Capcom Cup will take place December 14–16 in Las Vegas, Nevada where we'll get to see the top 32 Street Fighter players in the world square off for the final time in 2018.

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