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The North American Regional Finals (NARF) for Street Fighter V saw loads of major competition but it also gave us a look at the future of SFV in 2020. Not only was a new character announced but also a “Champion Edition” expansion of the game.

Street Fighter producer, Yoshinori Ono, is known for his enthusiasm for announcing new additions to Street Fighter. He is especially know for making such reveals at live events. By NARF being the biggest North American event before Capcom Cup, fans expected new content. Ono did not disappoint. Gill, the new character, is the final boss from Street Fighter III and is know for being absurdly cheap. His moveset was very complete, safe and he even had an unavoidable Super Move. Seeing him return would have to come with major nerfs to his kit.

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition – Gill Gameplay Trailer

Gill, a master of both pyrokinesis and cryokinesis, is able to control fire and ice with perfect elemental balance (hence his outward appearance). Typically plotting behind the scenes, he is now ready to reveal himself to the world, as he sets out to fulfill the prophecy that the Secret Society has coveted since ancient times.

But right after that trailer, Ono stepped back on stage and rolled another this time for “Street Fighter V: Champion Edition”. Keeping in the tradition of constant paid updates to the series, Champion Edition is more akin to a MMORPG expansion than the typical fighting game update. Champion Edition will come with a slew a balance changes which will be pushed to all players. But it will also contain every costume, stage and music track to date. One interesting note is the trailer says the game will come with 40 characters. SFV currently sits at 39 fighters, if you include Gill. So Capcom Cup will more than likely see the reveal of the final fighter as well.

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition – Announcement Trailer

Rule the ring with Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, the most robust version of the acclaimed fighting game! This all-new knockout edition includes all content (excluding Fighting Chance costumes, brand collaboration costumes and Capcom Pro Tour DLC) from both Street Fighter V and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition and adds each character, stage and costume that released after Arcade Edition and will release with Champion Edition.

Gill will release next month and SFV:CE has a release date of Feburary, 20th 2020. CE will retail for $29.99 for first time buyers and $24.99 for SFV owners looking to upgrade.