Yes, once again Capcom has announced yet another update for their flagship fighting game, Street Fighter V.
Revealed during the Capcom Pro Tour 2019 Regional Finals, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition is an update that per Capcom, will include every character and DLC released for the game. That’s 40 different playable characters, 34 stages, over 200 costumes. That’s not all, as a new gameplay mechanic called “V-Skill II” is also being added, as well as a balance update.
Street Fighter V: Champion Edition will be available on February 14th, 2020 and priced at $29.99 for those who don’t already own Street Fighter V. Those who already own the game will see a $5 price drop at $24.99. This applies to the PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam) versions of the game. Pre-orders will be going live today.
That’s not all as the big baddie from Street Fighter III: Third Strike is making his way into the game. That’s right, Gill is finally here! Many had wondered if he’d make his way into the game since Uriel has been available for some time. Gill will be available in December 2019 and will arrive with his new stage “Sun Chase Moon”, and several costumes (including a Pyron version from Darkstalkers). This theme is also godly.
According to Capcom’s official description of Gill: “Gill, a master of both pyrokinesis and cryokinesis, is able to control fire and ice with perfect elemental balance (hence his outward appearance). Typically plotting behind the scenes, he is now ready to reveal himself to the world, as he sets out to fulfill the prophecy that the Secret Society has coveted since ancient times.”. Not only will he have access to his Primal Fire and Ice of Doom V-Triggers, but also two V-Skills; one of which is very similar to the parry system from Street Fighter III.
V-Skill 1 – Divine Comet
Depending on which V-Trigger is selected, Divine Comet will summon either an ice or fire-based projectile. If this missile hits the opponent, they’ll be afflicted with either a flaming aura that slowly reduces grey life or a frozen veil that stops their stun gauge from recovering. If Gill then hits the opponent with an elementally opposed strike, the word “Retribution” appears on screen and the rules get rewritten. His overhead causes a hard knockdown, his standing fierce punch leaves him at plus 10 on hit and he gets more opportunities for juggles and air resets.
V-Skill 2 – Blocking
Blocking can be performed against mid/high attacks or low to deflect the opponent’s attack. It’s effective against strikes and projectiles and it can also be rapidly chained into itself for those “Moment #37” opportunities.
V-Trigger 1 – Primal Fire
Primal Fire powers up Gill’s fire-based special attacks, causing them to set the opponent on fire without having to spend any bar on their EX versions. It also unlocks two additional flaming attacks. Burn Storm is a burning tempest that can be cancelled from most of Gill’s normal attacks and Flame Javelin is a fast moving projectile that strikes the ground like a mini meteorite.
V-Trigger 2 – Ice of Doom
Ice of Doom is the arctic opposite of Primal Fire, in that it buffs Gill’s ice-based specials. It also unlocks two additional moves that are less spicy and more icy. Tree of Frost is a frozen pillar of spikes that rapidly grows from Gill’s outstretched palm. If it strikes the opponent while they’re in a burning state, the Retribution effect will cause a wall bounce. Delay Freeze Lance sets a frosty trap on the ground that functions like a proximity mine. Should the opponent be careless enough to trigger it without blocking, the ensuing detonation will freeze them in place and leave them open for an unabridged combo.
For those wondering about the Street Fighter timeline, I’d give up at this point. Why? Well, Gill was first shown in Street Fighter III: Third Strike. It was the first time anyone knew about him. Which takes place after Street Fighter V. But now he’s showing up before SFIII, so yeah, things are getting all messed up. I mean, not that it really matters to Capcom in the first place.
Give his announcement trailer a watch below.
Street Fighter V is currently available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.