The first addition to Street Fighter 5‘s roster will be Alex, who will be released in March, developer Capcom announced today.
Alex, who debuted in 1997’s Street Fighter 3, was confirmed at PlayStation Experience 2015 as one of six post-launch fighters. Players will be able to earn those characters for free, but also have the option of paying for them. Capcom will sell the fighters individually for 600 Zenny, the in-game currency; that’s the equivalent of about $6. The company is also offering a season pass for $29.99 that includes all six DLC characters: Alex, Ibuki, Urien, Balrog, Guile and Juri.
In addition, Capcom announced today that the PlayStation 4 version of Street Fighter 5will support PlayStation 3 controllers. That’s great news for fighting game fans who own older gamepads and fight sticks, especially since those specialized controllers can cost hundreds of dollars. It’s also the first confirmation from Capcom of this feature; as recently as an interview published earlier this week, Street Fighter 5 producer Yoshinori Ono said he “[couldn’t] really say anything for sure at the moment” beyond that the developers were “looking into it.”
Capcom previously announced that the Windows PC version of Street Fighter 5 will support SteamOS as well as Valve’s Steam Controller. When Capcom and Sony Computer Entertainment announced the game at PlayStation Experience 2014, the companies confirmed that it would allow for cross-platform play.
Street Fighter 5 is set to launch Feb. 16, one week from today, on PC and PS4. However, the game’s cinematic story mode will not be released until June.