Street Fighter V Season 2 balance patch coming for late April 2017, incoming changes detailed

By on March 15, 2017 at 9:43 am
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Shoryuken invincibility restored, among the other changes described in the upcoming patch’s notes.

A second pass over Season 2’s balance changes for Street Fighter V was promised a while back–it was expected we’d see it in play before the Capcom Pro Tour started up for 2017, and while it’s a bit too late for that we can now expect to see the results of Capcom’s rebalancing re-evaluation by “the end of April.”

After taking into account their own observations, their intentions for Season 2, and community feedback, a significant number of changes can be expected for Street Fighter V when this new patch drops. Here’s a rundown of some overall adjustments from Capcom-Unity’s blog:

  • V-Reversal input delay on crouching block has been shortened by 1F.
    Developer Comments: When the V-Reversal command was input from a crouch block, it took one frame longer to activate than when standing. This change makes it so that once a V-Reversal is input, whether a character is standing or crouching, it activates at the same time.
  • It is no longer possible to escape throws while inputting up during the throw escape.
    Developer Comments: Correctly guessing an opponent’s next move is one of the hallmarks of Street Fighter. Option selects, which allow multiple options to be covered with overlapping commands, directly conflict with this idea, as the guesswork is removed, leading to a positive result quite frequently. This low risk, high reward scenario can be frustrating to fight as it seems that the opponent is always guessing right. One such option select in Street Fighter V is the “jump back, throw select” in which the back jump command is input simultaneously with the throw input. This allows a player to cover two options on wake-up. If the opponent attempts a throw, they’ll tech it. If not, the player will jump away and reset the spacing between characters, all with very minimal risk. With the new change introduced here, players will now have to make the proper read against their opponent to get the desired result, resulting in much more interesting matches.
  • The number of frames necessary to complete charging for a charge move has been increased from 6F to 10F.
    Developer Comments: The initial change, where we reduced the total number of frames needed to perform a charge move, was made to keep unintentional attacks from coming out. Unfortunately this has made those same charge moves all that much harder to pull off. To fix this, we’ve increased the number of frames needed to perform a charge move, but have still kept that number of frames lower than Season 1. We think that this will ensure that the charge moves will come out much more reliably, while feeling that much easier to perform.
  • Invincible “Shoryuken” Attacks–Shoryuken type attacks have seen a change across the board. The changes are as follows below:
    • L Shoryuken attacks – maintain throw invincibility
    • M Shoryuken attacks – added airborne invincibility
    • H Shoryuken attacks – added attack and projectile invincibility
    This change affects Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Cammy, and Juri.

    Developer Comments: Invincibility on Shoryuken attacks has been a polarizing topic. For players who learned how to use these attacks in Season 1 as an anti-air or counter attack, this change has severely affected their success with their favorite character. Conversely, those who have had to fight against these attacks, completely praise the changes as they felt meterless reversals were far too strong. After analyzing player data, we felt that the change to invincible Shoryuken attacks resulted in a risk/reward ratio that has become risk intensive, yet yields little reward. Additionally, as Shoryuken attacks now occasionally trade with jump-in attacks, players who use characters with Shoryuken attacks are no longer confident in using this attack as an anti-air as intended. We feel that with the changes made to Shoryuken attacks, the attack now yields the right risk versus reward. Players who utilize these attacks will still have to exercise proper timing and a bit more decision-making to be effective, but now they will be rewarded accordingly. For the opponent fighting against these Shoryuken attacks, they will have to exercise a little more caution, but shouldn’t feel as frustrated as they did in Season 1.

In addition to these changes, extensive adjustments to individual aspects of each of the cast members are described in detail on the full patch notes post on Capcom-Unity; best go have a look to see what’s changing about your main–for better or worse–and start getting ready for Season 2 “redux.” The patch notes also detail the official list of bug fixes that were made to the game when Kolin was introduced on February 28.

Source: Capcom-Unity Editor-in-Chief. Street Fighterin' since there was only a "II" in the title.