So as you know, Capcom has recently announced that Street Fighter V is going to have a Season Pass system, where you pay once and get the whole pack of the next DLC character batch from the 2016 Season
Each character will be released every 2 months up until the end of 2016, which means that, in the overall mix of other possible additional content Capcom may be releasing, like Costumes, we will also be getting the roster expansion, which will keep the game running fresh and, as Capcom intends, will not make you feel bored of the game itself and make you want to return it, as well as it won’t discourage you from, say, leaving the game entirely for a year then coming back to it only to find yourself behind the curve when it comes to the content itself, which was the bane if SF4 with several versions (Vanilla, Super, AE, Ultra)
Optionally, you will either be able to buy the characters individually, or just grind them out in the game itself and purchase them from the in-game store via the Fight Money, essentially making all the DLC free, given if Capcom doesn’t set the prices too high (although one could argue 2 months should generally be just enough time if you play the game daily, which is further encouraged by the Daily Quests system taken straight out various F2P games, such as Hearthstone
As of Capcom’s announcement for the Zenny (premium in-game currency)…
- 100 Zenny = Purchase for $0.99 / €0.99 / £0.79
- 550 Zenny = Purchase for $4.99/€4.99/£3.99 (receive a 50 Zenny bonus)
- 1200 Zenny = Purchase for $9.99/€9.99/£7.99 (receive a 200 Zenny bonus)
- 4000 Zenny = Purchase for $29.99/ €29.99/£24.99 (receive a 1000 Zenny bonus)
Let’s also not forget that in the Beta 2, to unlock Kanzuki Estate stage you need 2000 Fight Money, and one Win in the Ranked matches gave you 50 Fight Money. So overall, should these values remain the same (and they probably won’t), to unlock just one stage - you had to win 40 matches
Supposedly, the final pricing should look something like this
- Season Pass = 30$
- 100 Zenny = 1$
- Individual Character = 7-8$ or 700-800 Zenny
- Individual Character = ~10000 Fight Money (or 200 matches won)
Given all of these options, which one would you prefer?
Just pay one time with your Real Money and get every new character as they are released?
Or grind it out in Online and buy them with your battle-earned Fight Money?
Or maybe purchase characters one-by-one as you see fit if some just don’t interest you at all?
Bear in mind that, if Capcom is going to have new Season Passes for 2017 character batches and beyond, you’ll have to pay another 30$ again next year, then another 30 in 2018, another 30 in 2019, and up until Capcom just stops expanding the roster as it feels happy with the cast members