One of the biggest features coming to the Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition update is, as the name implies, the long-awaited Arcade Mode. Initially missing from the game — in favor of both a General, and Character-specific Story Modes, the Street Fighter V’s Arcade Mode seems to go above and beyond the usual arcade mode experience.
A new blog post over on Capcom-Unity drops some details regarding Arcade Mode. One of these is something that was previously hinted at during the update’s initial reveal. Specifically, Arcade Mode will feature multiple ladders based on previous games in the Street Fighter franchise.
The blog post details how these ladders work. Choosing a specific ladder based on a past game will limit which characters are present in that ladder — both for your own selection and as opponents. For example, picking the Street Fighter Alpha ladder will only have characters who appeared in those games. Some exceptions do occur, with new SFV characters like Kolin or Zeku “standing in” for other related characters in certain ladders. Where available, opponents appear in era-appropriate Nostalgia costumes, too.
Speaking of Street Fighter III, Arcade Mode takes a page from that game by giving the players a choice of one of two opponents to fight in each rung of the ladder.
In addition to this, some ladders will also have a new version of the barrel bonus stage. This time however, there will be a second, AI controlled character who will help keep the barrels coming back to the center of the screen with their moves, helping the player reach 20 barrel target.
Of course, Arcade Mode wouldn’t be the same without endings. It seems that Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is going to be chock full of individual character endings — over 200 of them, to be precise. How to unlock each ending will be detailed in the game’s Gallery Mode. The conditions themselves run the gamut from simply completing a ladder, to getting a “Perfect” on the bonus stage.
The Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition update hits PC and PlayStation 4 on January 16th, 2018. For those looking to try it out before it hits home, it will be playable at the PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, CA this weekend from Dec. 9-10. In the meantime, here are a few more screenshots of Arcade Mode.