Capcom details the story mode for its upcoming fighting game Street Fighter V by introducing two new modes called Character Stories and the Cinematic Story Expansion.

Seemingly taking a page out of NetherRealm Studios playbook, Capcom is placing a bigger focus on story with their upcoming fighting game Street Fighter V. Up until now, details were scarce on just what was being planned but a new trailer and post from Peter “ComboFiend” Rosas on the Capcom Unity blog has finally given fans the information on what they can expect.

In order to bridge the story gap that started with Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter V is giving players access to two modes: Character Stories and the Cinematic Story Expansion. Character stories are there to introduce players to each fighter on the roster through a traditional arcade mode which was helped developed by renowned Japanese illustrator, Bengus. The Arcade mode promises to introduce the background for each character including what drove them to fight in the first place and how they connect to other characters in the game.

The other major element is what Capcom calls the cinematic story expansion. Through this content, players will see in-engine cut scenes which promise to dive deep into the Street Fighter mythology and help to bridge the events of Street Fighter IV, through this game, and finally how everything connects to Street Fighter III, chronologically the next game in the franchise, story-wise. Unfortunately, this chunk of content will not be ready for release next month, instead launching as free downloadable content to all players in June.

Additionally, the rumored final beta test has finally been given a hard date as it is planned to kick off on January 30 at 12:01 PT and running for about 36 hours ending on January 31 at 7pm PT. Beta details such as which characters will be available has not been disclosed but it has been confirmed that this beta will be the last chance to essentially try the game before it releases in a few weeks.

While the initial beta tests that began last year were met with many server and connectivity issues, the last few have been much smoother sailing for players. As most games perform only one real test prior to launch, the fact that Capcom has run so many is a good sign that the company is doing its best to ensure a smooth online experience for players who grab a copy on day one.

How do you think Capcom is going to connect the story that started with the previous game to Street Fighter III? Let us know your theories in the comments below.

Street Fighter V launches on February 16, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PC.

Source: Capcom Unity