Some surprise balance tweaks were seemingly snuck in with the new DLC fighter, Falke.
When the new patch that brought Season 3 fighter Falke into Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition started making the rounds yesterday, it was discovered via datamining that Falke wasn’t the only thing added to the game. “Stealth” balance changes have apparently also found their way into this update.
While seeking data on the Neo Shadaloo newcomer in the version 3.030 patch, datamining revealed that Capcom also snuck in some adjustments for Ryu, Laura, Akuma, Abigail, Zeku, Sakura, and Blanka. You can see a list of these changes (and some links to resources, as well as Falke-specific data) in the tweets below:
This patch also contains hidden changes for: Abigail, Blanka, Akuma, Laura, Ryu, Sakura and Zeku.
As always: please enjoy! pic.twitter.com/d6jMCximh8
— Loïc *WydD* Petit (@WydD) April 24, 2018
Updated the doc for international readers. pic.twitter.com/X64WeN773k
— Chris (@OminousGames) April 24, 2018
On the official Capcom Fighters Network version 3.030 update info page, there is no mention of any balance changes being made to SFVAE in this patch; they do, however, reference a minor change to Extra Battle and a fix for the reported login issues that have arisen since a prior update:
Following server maintenance on April 25, 2018, Street Fighter V has been updated to version 03.030.
● The following DLC is now available.
— Character: Falke
— Additional Costume (Story): Falke
— Additional Costume (Battle Outfit 1): Falke
— Added the difficulty to the Extra Battle explanation text.
— Addressed the problem that you can not log in under some environment.
We hope you continue to enjoy playing Street Fighter V.
Be they buffs or nerfs, it certainly isn’t a good practice to make additional balance changes mid-season without official word to the players — but it unfortunately isn’t a new practice, either. Hopefully Capcom openly clarifies what exactly it has altered in the 3.030 patch soon.
UPDATE: … And Capcom has done exactly that, by releasing updated patch notes on the Capcom Fighters Network.