Capcom looked to redeem itself and wow the crowd in this year's PlayStation Experience (PSX) at the Anaheim Convention Center with two major reveals: First, a much-awaited character is finally making his return in Street Fighter V, and second, a new installment to the Marvel vs. Capcom series is going to be released next year!
While Street Fighter V's story mode featured post-launch character Urien as a playable character (if only for a few battles), his official gameplay trailer would only be revealed last week. Juri, who was also playable in the story mode before her official release, became available for download last month. Check out their gameplay trailers.
Juri is still as vicious as she was in Street Fighter IV. She dons a new look, wearing a biker suit and an eyepatch that conceals her Feng Shui Engine, her V-Trigger that when activated lets her cancel her standard attacks allowing her to chain together moves. In her V-Skill, Kasatsushu, she charges up and kick her opponent from behind; the move can be cancelled just before the back strike, and she retains her charge level. Her new Critical Art, Sakkai Fuhazan, is a multi-hitting projectile move that loses power the farther the target is.
This game's incarnation of Urien has him wearing a sharp-looking suit, but a recently discovered Easter egg reveals that you can play as him wearing his familiar loincloth from Street Fighter III when you hold certain buttons during the loading screen before the pre-fight intros. He retains most of his SFIII moves with the exception of his Super Arts. His trademark Aegis Reflector is now his V-Trigger, and still works the way it did before; with a full V-meter, Urien unleashes two Aegis Reflectors. In his V-Skill, Metallic Aura, he laughs hysterically while his skin darkens, and his Metallic Sphere can absorb one attack while he's in this state. Urien's Critical Art is called Dominate Crush, where he unleashes a pillar of dark aura resembling one of his win poses in SFIII, hitting his opponent vertically in a short radius.
Urien was released on September 23.
And with Juri's and Urien's reveal, SFV's roster is apparently complete. Hopefully though, they unveil a second batch of characters, because there are lots of gamers hoping Gouki/Akuma, Ingrid, Sagat, and perhaps a character from Rival Schools would return in it.
Aside from hosting the Street Fighter V exhibition set between wrestling gamers Kenny Omega and Xavier Woods/Austin Creed, CEO 2016 also played host as Capcom unveiled the gameplay trailer for SFV's fourth post-launch character Mike Bison/Balrog. Check out the video below that gives a first glimpse of the re-imagined Las Vegas stage as well as the two remaining post-launch characters Juri Han and Urien.
"The Crazy Buffalo" (should've been "Mad Bison" instead) is still the power puncher that he has been in his previous incarnations. He has been heavily redesigned, now donning an all-American-themed boxing entrance gear as if to imitate Steve Fox in his new costume in Tekken 7.
He trades his Turn Punch for a new V-Skill, KKB. This V-Skill has him turn his body while moving forward, enabling him to dodge projectiles and special attacks when timed correctly and follow up with his own combos. His V-Trigger, Crazy Rush, has him blowing off steam (literally), allows him to string together special moves. He replaces his multi-hitting Ultra Combo with a one-hit, heavy-damage-dealing Critical Art, Gigaton Blow, which can be added as an ender to many possible combos.
The official character art for Balrog, Juri and Urien have now also been revealed, along with alternate costumes for Balrog and Karin, and the new stage, Kanzuki Private Beach, featuring cameos from Tiffany and Hinata from Justice Gakuen/Rival Schools. Check them out.
Balrog and Ibuki will be available to download along with the Story Mode, "A Shadow Falls", starting July 1. Juri and Urien will be playable in the story mode before their official release.
Wrestlers-slash-gamers WWE's Xavier Woods aka Austin Creed and NJPW's "The Cleaner" Kenny Omega finally delivered on their promise to settle the score with Street Fighter V, and legions of fighting game enthusiasts who were at the 2016 Community Effort Orlando gaming event this past week were treated to an entertaining exhibition match.
Austin played Birdie while Kenny played Alex, and they fought three-round matches on a race to five wins. In the end, Kenny beat Austin five games to two, ultimately breaking their 2-2 deadlock and having the right to be called the better man in their rivalry.
Check out the video of their exhibition matches below, and then click here to watch their previous battles leading to this final round.
Ibuki has just been revealed for Street Fighter V days ago, joining Alex and Guile. We're now just awaiting for the official reveal of three more post-launch DLC characters: Urien, M.Bison/Balrog and Juri.
Read More to see their gameplay trailers, wallpapers and quick overviews of their play styles.
Two new awesome trailers for Street Fighter V have just been released online. First, check out the game's full CG animated intro in its HD glory.
Next, here's a special trailer featuring the game's new theme song, "Survivor" by J-rock band MAN WITH A MISSION, and also teasing the first of six post-launch characters, Alex.
The game comes out on February 16 for the PlayStation 4 and the PC. Alex is going to be unlockable in March.
Endnote: I think MAN WITH A MISSION's song is leagues better than EXILE's theme song for vanilla Street Fighter IV.
Recent fighting game news reveal that Street Fighter V will have a cinematic story mode, while Tekken 7: Fated Retribution and The King of Fighters XIV mark the return of their respective series veterans.
The makers of Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist are back with a new webseries; it's called Street Fighter: Resurrection.
No specific details have been revealed on the Machinima original series so far, except that Alain Moussi joins the cast as Charlie Nash, sporting his Street Fighter V look. This at least suggests that the story ties into the events of SFV.
Mike Moh and Christian Howard reprise their roles as Ryu and Ken Masters, respectively, while Joey Ansah also returns to take his mantle as the series writer and director. It's still a mystery if he will reprise his in-film role as Akuma.
Street Fighter: Resurrection will premiere on go90 in March 2016, a month after SFV is released exclusively for the PlayStation 4 and the PC.
Check out the teaser below.
Previously, after the success of Assassin's Fist, Capcom green-lighted Ansah's planned sequel, Street Fighter: World Warrior, taking place after the events of the first series. It looks like Resurrection was prioritized first to support the release of SFV.
Earlier today, Ansah, through the Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Facebook page, released the following statement regarding the future of Street Fighter: World Warrior.
Dear SFAF fans. Street Fighter: Resurrection is a highly ambitious, action packed, live-action mini series which serves as a narrative prologue to the events of SFV. With the new game coming out and interest from both Machinima and Capcom for me to make a tie in, I couldn't pass up such an exciting prospect to leap forward a decade after the events of Assassin's Fist and write and direct a very contemporary part of the SF mythos. Featuring old faithful characters and brand new ones. The same level of detail and authenticity has gone into SFR as it has SFAF. I want to also address the subject of STREET FIGHTER: WORLD WARRIOR. Your passion and demand for seeing the direct narrative follow up to SFAF is understandable and heart warming. I spent most of this year completing detailed story development and structure for World Warrior. To pull together a production of that huge scale takes time. So rest assured SFWW is still coming! and to fill the gap until it is ready, you have SFR to look forward to. Trust me it will Shun Goku Satsu your senses. ~ Joey Ansah
World Warrior is still a go, and we have Resurrection to watch while waiting for it. Now I'm looking forward to the future of this series. Thank you, Joey!
Here comes a new challenger in Street Fighter V: F.A.N.G.
Introduced at the PlayStation Experience event in San Francisco, CA, F.A.N.G is the self-proclaimed second-in-command of Shadaloo. He introduces a gameplay mechanic new to the series: poison.
His V-Skill, Nishidoku, is a slow-moving poison projectile that damages opponents who come into contact with it. In his V-Trigger, Dokunomu, F.A.N.G releases a cloud of poison around his body, defending himself while at the same time damaging opponents who come close to him.
Check out his gameplay trailer below.
The hackers are at it again.
Some intrepid data miners who have the beta version of Street Fighter V unearthed some in-game audio files of a female voice announcing character names. Each character revealed so far in the game is among the discovered audio samples, along with other interesting names: Guile, Juri, Urien, Alex, Ibuki, Bison (Balrog/boxer) and Fan.
You can hear the names here.
It might most likely be that a new fighter is to be revealed next, and because of the leaked audio samples, it might be that the name of this next character is indeed Fan. And it naturally follows that Guile, Juri, Urien, Ibuki, Alex and Bison might indeed be the six post-release characters; the above silhouettes highly suggest so anyway.
Also in the same set of leaks are audio files of the same female voice announcing names of Capcom Pro Tour events and their host countries. It's still a wonder what role these will play in the final build of the game, so let's just all wait for SFV to come to the PlayStation 4 and the PC on February 16, 2016.