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Street Fighter 5’s next fighter never puts his pet turtle down

Oro no longer fights with one hand tied behind his back

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Capcom is bringing back more classic world warriors for Street Fighter 5, including the imminent release of Street Fighter Alpha’s Rose on April 19. But the next fighter coming to Capcom’s flagship fighting game is Oro, who debuted in Street Fighter 3 and will join the SF5 roster this summer. He’ll look familiar to fans of the series, but one thing that differentiates Oro this time around is that he’s always carrying his pet turtle.

In the Street Fighter 3 games, Oro fought with one hand tied behind his back. Capcom explained that the old hermit intentionally restrained himself in street fights because he was so powerful. Despite being more than 130 years old, Oro “wields an unmeasurable amount of strength, [and] his movements are both powerful and unique,” Street Fighter 5 game director Takayuki Nakayama said during a video update on Tuesday.

Rather than binding his arm in place, Oro has chosen a new way to occupy his off-hand: He carries his pet turtle with him at all times — occasionally letting this wrinkly pal sit on his head. It’s an adorable solution that you can see in the video above.

That video also shows off Rose in action, focusing on her use of tarot cards (one of her V-Skill talents) to enhance her abilities in battle and the return of her Soul Satellite skill from Street Fighter 4.

Nakayama and Street Fighter 5 producer Shuhei Matsumoto also teased the next next character coming to the game: Akira Kazama, from Capcom’s Rival Schools series. You can see her in action in the video below.

Rose, Oro, and Akira are all coming in Street Fighter 5’s Season 5 content rollout, which also includes new mimic fighter Eleven and an unannounced fifth character. Dan Hibiki is also part of Season 5, and was released in February.

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 the 40 characters released prior to Season 5.