Capcom will release Akuma as a playable character for Street Fighter 5 later this month, officially kicking off the fighting game’s second season of downloadable add-on fighters.
The 2017 Character Pass will be released for Street Fighter 5 Dec. 20. Akuma will be the first of six new characters included in that pass, which costs $29.99/€29.99/£24.99, Capcom said. The pass also comes with premium battle costumes, each with eight colors unlocked and default costume colors 3-10 for each character.
Akuma was announced at the Capcom Pro Tour North American finals in November, where producer Yoshinori Ono said he’d be playable at PSX.
On the Capcom Unity blog, Capcom detailed Akuma’s moveset:
Akuma strikes a defensive stance and similar to Ryu’s Mind’s Eye, can parry an incoming attack. He can follow-up the move with an upward kick or a long reaching palm strike.
V-Trigger: Dohatsu Shoten
Akuma powers up and envelops his body with ki to enter Dohatsu Shoten mode. In this mode, his Gohadokens are more powerful, now able to travel full-screen and he can unleash two in the air even while jumping backwards. Additionally, when he lands his Goshoryuken attack, he follows-up and violently drives his opponents into the ground.
Critical Art: Sekia Koretsuha
Akuma channels an incredible amount of ki into his palm and drives it into the ground, striking the opponent with an exploding pillar of fierce energy.
Critical Art: Shun Goku Satsu
Only accessible while in Dohatsu Shoten mode, Akuma’s most powerful attack returns. He glides towards the opponent and grabs them, resulting in a series of devastating strikes in the blink of an eye.
Six downloadable characters — the game’s Season 1 DLC — were announced at PlayStation Experience last year. They were Guile, Juri, Urien, Alex, Ibuki and Balrog, and they were meted out after the game’s launch in February to season pass holders.