Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition releases in a few days and Capcom has announced that Sakura will be free to play for all SFV: Arcade Edition and existing Street Fighter V players from January 16th through 23rd.
On January 16th, Capcom will release a day-1 patch for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition that will update the base game to it. In other words, owners of SFV will get Arcade Edition for free. Once players update their games with this patch, Sakura can be used in all modes, including online play.
Do note that any Fight Money and EXP earned during this free period as Sakura will disappear once it is over. However, all Fight Money and EXP will automatically be granted to players’ account again once they purchase her after the end of this free period.
In case you weren’t aware of, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition will contain a bounty of new features, including Extra Battle Mode, Gallery, and a redesigned UI, as well as the highly-requested Arcade Mode. Moreover, SF5: AE will feature all 28 characters, and each fighter will have a second V-Trigger.