As one of the most iconic fighting game franchises ever conceived, there’s understandably a lot of excitement surrounding the imminent release of Street Fight 5. Set to arrive on PC and PlayStation 4 as a console exclusive next year, the game looks to bring the all too familiar fight formula to fans with a slew of new and returning faces. While the roster itself will be made up of 16 characters at launch, many are starting to wonder if their favorite veterans will make the cut.
So far, 12 of the fighters set to ship with the game have been unveiled, with two more newcomers still set to take up spots on the final roster. So, with two veteran fighter slots left, Capcom has revealed that the Russian grappler and longstanding combatant Zangief will be a part of Street Fighter 5 when it ships next year.
Formally revealed during the IgroMir event in Russia, the return of the infamous “Red Cyclone” is sure to be a happy one for longtime followers of the series. Given the fact that he stands out as one of the more iconic brawlers from the franchise, many were certainly hoping that Zangief would be making a return. With that said, some of the veteran fighters have seen some major changes made to them, with the returning Ken Masters seeing the most of it, so some may have been wondering if the newly confirmed wrestler is in the same boat.
While Capcom isn’t talking too much about what changes have been made to the character, they did imply that greater details are still in store. What the developer was willing to share were Zangief’s new V-Skill (Iron Muscle) and V-Trigger (Cyclone Lariat) maneuvers, both of which will make him an even more imposing foe on the battlefield. When someone is said to train for battle against others by fighting live bears, which is what Zangief does, it’s already heavily implied that individuals shouldn’t mess with them.
Zangief has laid claim to the 13th spot on the game’s roster, leaving just three more left. With two of those belonging to new challengers, however, fans may be looking at a title that leaves out some of the more beloved faces of Street Fighter. The likes of Blanka, Dhalsim, and Akuma may be left at the sidelines for the time being, especially when considering that there are two more returning characters that were “leaked” months ago – although only one of them can be present for launch now. Fortunately, more fighters will be added as DLC, so it’s probable that everyone that fans adore will be making an appearance sooner or later.
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Street Fighter 5 will arrive for PlayStation 4 and PC in 2016.