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Street Fighter 5’s next trio of characters revealed

E. Honda, Poison, and Lucia are coming to Capcom’s flagship fighting game

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New characters are coming to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition next week, according to a video that was posted to Steam (and quickly taken down) on Wednesday, seemingly ahead of a planned reveal at this week’s Evo fighting game tournament. Capcom later confirmed the leak with an official reveal. The video confirms two returning fighters, E. Honda and Poison, and a newcomer, Lucia.

All three characters will be available for Street Fighter 5 on Sunday, Aug. 4. That’s the final day of Evo 2019, and the day of the Street Fighter 5 grand finals. A “summer 2019 character bundle” featuring those characters will be released on Monday, Aug. 5.

E. Honda first appeared in the series in Street Fighter 2: The World Warriors. His Street Fighter 5 incarnation looks faithful to his original appearance, and his two V-Trigger moves, Tajikarao and Onigawara, appear to buff his grapple and flying head butt moves, respectively. Honda’s bath house stage from Street Fighter 2 is also coming to Street Fighter 5 as DLC.

Joining Honda are Poison and Lucia, both of whom hail from Final Fight. Poison appeared in the original Final Fight as an enemy, and she’s been a playable character in Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter X Tekken (and, uh, Final Fight Revenge). Lucia was a playable character in Super NES beat ’em up Final Fight 3, and in Street Fighter 5, she’s a member of the Metro City Police Department. Her V-Triggers, Weapon Fury and Burning Fight, power her up with nightstick- and fire-based attacks, respectively.

The trailer for E. Honda, Lucia, and Poison also reveals their suite of costumes coming to Street Fighter 5, which you can check out below.

Street Fighter 5’s most recent edition was the fighter Kage, back in December. Capcom announced late last year that it wouldn’t offer a traditional season pass for characters released in 2019, as it had done in previous years.

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