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Street Fighter 5’s next character is Ed

That’s short for ‘Ed.’

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The next character in Street Fighter 5's downloadable content plans is Ed, confirming a couple of inadvertent leaks of Balrog's protégé over the past week.

Ed appeared in Balrog's ending in Super Street Fighter 4; this will mark the character's playable debut. In Capcom's reveal trailer, Ed and his mentor duke it out before Ed goes after M. Bison.

They're battling in the Temple Hideout stage, a redo of Street Fighter 2's iconic level by the same name. But a background music track used in that stage, which contained "unintentional religious references," (the sounds of an Islamic prayer, in Arabic) led it to get pulled, and to be re-released later with the prayer sounds scrubbed out.

Ed will have three costumes; they all speak to the flair and extravagance of someone named Ed.


Ed sneaked out in some images inadvertently put up on the PlayStation Store last week (as spied by NeoGAF). EventHubs, the all-things portal for the fighting game community, also spied a few official images on the Street Fighter website itself, so this is not a total surprise to fight fans in the know.

Ed is part of the Season 2 Character Pass, which includes Kolin and Akuma, and will deliver three more new characters.

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