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Skullgirls Encore's newest character Fukua is a clone with a purpose (update)

Skullgirls developer Lab Zero revealed a new character today — Fukua, a palette swap of an existing character with a new play style, according to a trailer released today.

Fukua — a misspelling and newly-colored copy of existing character Filia that reuses her fighting frames — will be included in the beta version of the game. Her play style is different from Filia, as demonstrated in the trailer above, and according to Lab Zero Games is set up as a practice character for Robo-Fortune, a character that will be added to the game as DLC later this year.

Last December, publisher Konami requested the takedown of Skullgirls from PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Both versions were pulled by the end of the month. Shortly after, Lab Zero announced that a "new" version of the game called Skullgirls Encore would relaunch on both platforms in January and would include DLC content funded through Indiegogo. Encore launched in Feb. 11 with a handful of fixes for the new release.

Update: Lab Zero's Peter Bartholow confirmed to Polygon that Fukua — who was created in a week and is a nod to palette-swapped fighting game characters — is now available in both the beta and main versions of Skullgirls Encore.

"Whether or not she stays in will be up to the community," he said.

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