Capcom has decided to make a special offer to fighting game fans this week as they will make Street Fighter V free-to-play for the next two weeks. The company sent out a blog post last week letting players know that starting on April 23rd and running until May 5th, you can download a special free trial of the game on Steam or PS4. The move was obviously done to compete with Mortal Kombat 11‘s release this week, especially since they’re offering all of the DLC characters unlocked and more, which they would never do under any other circumstance. Seriously, do you remember getting a free trial when Smash Bros. or Dead or Alive 6 were released? We’ll see if it actually does anything to hurt MK11, but we’re guessing people will take the free trial, play MK11 anyway, and then come back to Street Fighter V for a few days after they’ve played the first.
DLC Characters Unlocked – All 16 original characters included with the game are playable in the free trial, including classics like Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, M. Bison and more! As a bonus, four fan-favorite DLC characters will be available for free during this trial: Akuma, Blanka, Juri and Menat! These four characters will only be available in Ranked, Casual, Battle Lounge, Training, and Challenges.
For those of you who already own Street Fighter V and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition but have not yet acquired Akuma, Blanka, Juri or Menat, these four characters will be unlocked to you during the free trial period as well. If you decide to purchase any of these characters during the trial, you keep any progress made with each character.
Arcade – Introduced in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, this mode allows you to relive the past main entries in the series. If you’re able to defeat all the computer-controlled opponents under various conditions, you can unlock over 200 unique illustrations from multiple artists which can be viewed in the Gallery.
Versus – Play against another local player or against the computer with different difficulty levels.
Challenges – Learn how to use each character in Demonstrations and Trials or see how long you can fight in Survival Mode.
Training – Practice against a dummy AI as you test out set-ups, combos and get used to a character without the pressure of a real match.