Street Fighter V launched last week to less than great reviews, with one major point of contention being the game's huge lack of single-player content. Arcade mode, a staple of nearly every fighting game since the dawn of fighting games, is nowhere to be found in Street Fighter V, giving players no way to go up against the AI in a standard best two-out-of-three-rounds fight.
Instead, players are only given the option to play through the painfully easy, one-round fights of story mode, back-to-back one-round fights in survival mode, or one endless fight in training mode.
It's certainly not a welcoming package, and given how poorly the game's servers have been performing, even online multiplayer isn't as good as it should be. Thankfully, Capcom is listening to the criticism and seems to be hard at work. The servers have already been improved since launch, and now the developer says it is considering adding an arcade mode to the game.
There isn't a whole lot to go on, but Capcom sent Forbes the following statement: "The team is looking into adding an Arcade Mode and we'll have more information to share soon."
Presumably the addition of an arcade mode would be a free update to the game down the line, similar to how Capcom will be adding a challenge mode in March and a cinematic story mode later this summer free of charge. Arcade mode would certainly go a long way toward giving players more to do offline. It would also help players new to the game familiarize themselves with the best-of-three format used in multiplayer. That way, once a player goes online, they are more familiar with how the game is actually played instead of having only been exposed to single-round fights.
We found the game to be a great addition to the series, if only the servers worked and there was more to do. You can read our full review here, and be sure to check out our guide on how to get started if you're a Street Fighter newcomer. Street Fighter V is available now on PlayStation 4 and PC.