Street Fighter 5 received mostly positive reviews when it released in February even though many reviewers and fans noted that the game was lacking in content. Since then, sales have plummeted with many fans continuing to lament the game’s less than complete experience.
To its credit, Capcom has taken at least some steps in an attempt to shore up the title’s flaws and that includes releasing additional content. Street Fighter 5 executive producer Yoshinori Ono revealed a teaser trailer for new character Akuma two weeks ago, and now Capcom has released a new DLC stage called Skies of Honor that takes place on the wings of an airplane.
The Street Fighter 5 stage, which can be viewed in the video below, is tied to Rashid, and has some pretty cool background music to go with it. It also clearly has a dynamic element to it, with the background changing throughout the fight in order to simulate the plane flying over the city.
While this certainly makes the stage one of the more interesting and visually impressive offerings in the game, GameSpot notes that the moving background might prove problematic for professional players as it could be a bit of a distraction. There’s a possibility that this stage could prove popular with casual players but end up being banned in high-level tournaments like the Kanzuki Beach stage often is.
Skies of Honor is available now for $3.99 or 70,000 Fight Money. While it’s understandable that Capcom needs to continue making a profit on the game through DLC, one wonders if there will be any more content added to the game for free like the patched-in Story Mode. Yes, Fight Money can be earned entirely in-game so it is technically free to players who make the time commitment, but Capcom would certainly restore some good will if it would continue to throw the community a bone or two.
As for Akuma, the character will be playable at the PlayStation Experience, which takes place this year on December 3 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Capcom has not announced an official release date or pricing information for Akuma. Until then, perhaps players will continue to take matters into their own hands by modding in characters from other video games. Tracer from Blizzard’s Overwatch was modded in five months ago with Mei and others joining shortly thereafter.
Street Fighter 5 is out now on PC and PlayStation 4.