Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition will be free to play Aug 1-11 with no less than 22 characters for newcomers to choose from

Christmas comes early this year

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 30, 2019 at 8:43 a.m. PDT

Those who have really wanted to experience the hype of Street Fighter 5 but haven't been able to do so because of the steep $19.99 price tag will be overjoyed to hear that the game will be free to play during EVO weekend and the ensuing week.

Now you may be thinking to yourself, "Oh sure, 'free' meaning we get like four characters and two offline modes," but you'd be wrong. Capcom has sweetened the deal pretty substantially by granting access to the entire original 16-character roster, and then some.

"Starting August 1, play the original Street Fighter 5 launch roster AND Season 3 characters in #SFV for FREE on PlayStation 4 and Steam!" states the official Street Fighter Twitter.

This means that in addition to the base roster, exploratory fans on Steam or PlayStation 4 will be able to enjoy Sakura, Blanka, Cody, Falke, G, and The King himself, Sagat.

Paired with the hype that's sure to surge through EVO weekend (the tournament itself lasts from Aug 2-4 in grasshopper-ridden Las Vegas) Street Fighter 5's free play period is sure to bring a ton of new eyes and players to the latest entry in the iconic Street Fighter series. No doubt we'll soon be giving Fortnite tournaments a run their $30 million prize money.

This announcement came along with a pretty slick video which you can view yourself by clicking the thumbnail here. Be sure to tell all your friends that have been holding out for just the right moment.


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