Street Fighter V has been bogged with issues since its initial launch, and recent announcements made from the English and Japanese sides have been hinting that its internal team may be having communication problems that fans may not have been aware of. Announcements concerning the release of Ibuki and future updates gave the community a glimpse of it last week, and the problem is continuing into this week as well.
Together with today's details on the upcoming Cinematic Story mode, Capcom announced that the Zenny system for buying premium costumes and characters will be abolished and replaced with the use of money; fans that bought the premium packages will have zenny swapped with Fight Money at the rate of 1 Zenny = 200 Fight Money.
What's interesting is that Capcom's Japan team and American side are giving different explanations regarding the decision to abandon the Zenny system, which goes as follows.
Translated: This is an announcement regarding the future policy for Street Fighter V's "shop" function.
We have been working forward to implement the "Zenny" system for in-shop purchases, but implementing Zenny in the shop has become realistically impossible due to unforseen difficulties. As a result, we have decided to implement [traditional] payment methods though the PSN Store and Steam in the next (Ver 1.04) update.
~ We deeply apologize for having to make this announcement regarding the Shop and Zenny despite the prolonged wait. We hope for your continuous support towards Street Fighter V.
We have an important announcement regarding the in-game currency system. We will no longer be introducing Zenny to Street Fighter V as a real money currency option. After extensive testing and development, we came to the conclusion that it was not necessary in order to carry out our original vision for the product. Instead, we will be utilizing the PlayStation Store and Steam stores to carry out real money transactions.
Our plan for the in-game economy of SFV was always to provide players with choice. Fight Money remains as the basic currency that players can earn for FREE through gameplay and utilize to purchase characters and other awesome downloadable content like stages and costumes. For players who want to just purchase the content outright, instead of introducing Zenny, the process will be much more familiar with purchases happening through the established first party infrastructures.