Next week, Street Fighter V owners will be able to experience one of the biggest updates for the game to date with the free Arcade Mode add-on. A new PlayStation Blog has provided details on what you can expect from the new expansion when it drops on Tuesday, but you'll also be getting an extra bonus – the ability to test drive the newest character on the roster!
The game's third season will kick off next week with the debut of Sakura, who will be joined by Sagat, Blanka and other superstars throughout the spring and into the summer. And anyone who has a copy of Street Fighter V will be able to play as her for free, starting January 16th and running through January 23rd.
Here's the official breakdown straight from Sony:
"The Street Fighter series' resident schoolgirl, Sakura, has graduated high school and now sports a more mature look that reflects her current job in an arcade. The best news is that Sakura will be free to play for all SFV: Arcade Edition and existing SFV players from January 16 through 23! Once you update your game with the Day 1 patch, Sakura can be used in all modes, including online play, so start taking notes as you go into battle with her.
Please note that any Fight Money and EXP earned during this time as Sakura will disappear once the free period is over. However, if you choose to purchase her individually or as part of the Season 3 Character Pass at any time in the future, the respective Fight Money and EXP will automatically be granted to your account again.
Sakura is the first character in Season 3 and will be joined by Blanka, Falke, Cody, G, and Sagat throughout 2018. If you purchase the Season 3 Character Pass, available for $29.99, you'll immediately get all six characters once they become available. You'll also receive their Battle Costumes with colors 3-10 and default costume colors 3-10 unlocked!"
It's a good opportunity to see what Sakura is all about, and get a taste of what season 3 has in store. We can't wait for Blanka to join the party!