Capcom has announced a new character for Street Fighter V, and you can play as him right now.
The introduction of Kage, who looks to be a more intensified and renamed version of Evil Ryu, would have been a nice surprise to cap off Capcom Cup, except… the update leaked ahead of time. By the time Capcom announced the character, players had already downloaded the update and discovered the character. From what we’ve seen of the character so far, he seems to have a moveset similar to this Street Fighter IV iteration, including the return of his signature Axe Kick. His V-Triggers allow him disappear and land a powerful punch from the sky, as well as use his Ashura Senku teleport mid-combo, even in the air.
Of course, the character also brings with him two alternate costumes for players to wear.
The update also brought with it a number of balance changes, including changes to Menat’s V-Trigger, Zangief’s Lariat, and Alex’s V-Skill. Some characters, like Alex and Abigail, also have some new moves to toy around with.
Capcom also announced the Capcom Pro Tour, which Capcom Cup concludes, will be back for another year, with the first major event being Final Round on March 15.