Street Fighter 5 is getting five new characters, four of which were announced on Wednesday as part of Capcom’s summer update for its flagship fighting game. Season 5 for Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition will bring back Dan Hibiki, Rose, and Oro from past Street Fighter games, as well as introduce Akira from Capcom’s Rival Schools series.
Dan, who debuted in the Street Fighter Alpha series, will be the first new character coming to Street Fighter 5 in season 5. He’ll be released sometime this winter. Street Fighter 5 game director Takayuki Nakayama showed off in-development footage of Dan in a mirror match, throwing his trademark feeble fireballs and performing other underpowered moves. Nakayama and his co-host, producer Shuhei Matsumoto, talked up Dan’s taunt move several times during a livestream, teasing something humorous to look forward to.
Also returning from the Street Fighter Alpha franchise is Rose, the fighting fortune teller who last appeared in Street Fighter 4. Rose is earlier in development, and will be released in spring 2021, according to Capcom’s development roadmap.
Coming in summer 2021 are Oro, the one-armed hermit who made his debut in Street Fighter 3 (and hasn’t been playable in a new game since Street Fighter 3: Third Strike), and Akira Kazama, who first appeared in Rival Schools: United By Fate, Capcom’s 3D fighting game from 1997. Street Fighter’s Sakura was part of Rival Schools’ roster, tying the two fighting game franchises together.
The fifth fighter coming to Street Fighter 5’s fifth and final season is still a mystery. But they’ll be released in fall 2021, Capcom said. Here’s a look at the game’s development roadmap:
Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, the latest version of the four-year-old fighting game, is available now for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. It includes all 40 characters released so far for Street Fighter 5.