A couple of months ago, back when Capcom was just starting to show the world Street Fighter V, one particular trailer ended with a teaser that implied the return of an SF character that's been gone for quite some time. That character was Street Fighter II and Street Fighter Alpha's Charlie Nash, but after the trailer Capcom became really quiet about it. Though, of course, why else would they put out a hint like that if they didn't intend to let fans play as him. Today, the developer confirmed everyone's suspicions regarding Nash and, yes, the nearly forgotten character is returning to join the cast of Street Fighter V. Take a good look at the character in the new trailer above as he takes to beating down both Ryu and Chun-Li – they're the only other characters we've seen, after all, and last we heard the game was only about 20% done. To keep the teasers going, though, Nash's debut trailer ends with a sneak peak at who else is set to return to the roster. And even though the trailer tries to keep it hidden, the next fighter to be revealed is most likely M. Bison. But, for right now, players will be focussing on Nash, who isn't looking too happy these days. Still, the publisher's official community blog, Capcom-Unity, rolled out details on the mysteriously absent fighter.
"Charlie Nash has been a fan favorite character in the Street Fighter series for years and finally makes his comeback in Street Fighter V, although noticeably a little... different. Initially presumed to be dead by both friends and foes alike, Nash’s return shows that his story is far from over." "While the mysteries surrounding his return will become clear later on, for now we’re pleased to announce that the originator of the Sonic Boom is back with quite a few new tricks..."
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Alongside the announcement of Charlie Nash, Capcom also announced plans for a Street Fighter V online beta for the PS4 and PC. Details about the beta are scarce for now, by Capcom claims it'll be the "largest and most ambitious" test in the history of the series. As with most betas, community feedback will be taken into consideration.
"These tests will be essential to collect your feedback and to ensure that Street Fighter V is the best iteration yet."
As for who can get into the beta, in North America at least, all people have to do is pre-order the game, and they'll get automatic access when it goes live – whenever that'll be. Hopefully there will be other ways for people to play the game early, albeit without pre-ordering. Street Fighter V currently has no release date, but is set to launch on the PS4 (as a console exclusive) and the PC. Players on both platforms will be able to play with or against one another, as Capcom and Sony have stated the game will support cross-platform play. Source: Capcom-Unity