It looks like Street Fighter 5 will keep powering on through the launch of a new console generation. Today, Capcom revealed four upcoming fighters headed for Street Fighter 5 over the coming year, as well as a roadmap ahead for all of its content.
Earlier this year, Capcom announced that Street Fighter 5 would be getting one more season of content, including five new fighters. It would stand to reason that, with this being a sort of send-off, the combatants would all be returning and familiar faces. That held true today, as three classic Street Fighter characters were confirmed, as well as a surprising pick from a more obscure series.
Dan will be the first to arrive, as the joke-y shoto character returns to Street Fighter with his own variation on his gag moves. Also confirmed was Rose, from the Alpha series, and Oro, from Street Fighter 3. Rounding out the roster is Akira Kazama from the underrated Capcom fighting game Rival Schools.
It's a pretty stacked lineup, and though some choices seem a little safe—adding Rose when we already have a similar fighter in Menat is odd—it's overall a good lineup. At this point, Street Fighter 5 has managed to accumulate a fairly balanced roster of newcomers and veterans.
As for what's next in the series though, that will have to wait. Capcom also revealed its roadmap for the upcoming year of content, and it's all about Street Fighter 5. Dan arrives this winter with a balance and mechanics update, Rose is set for spring 2021, and both Oro and Akira are set for summer 2021. The fifth, unrevealed fighter is arriving in fall of next year to round out the fifth season. It seems like a Street Fighter 6, at least in the near future, isn't likely.
Still, Akira is a pretty good reason to dust off the Champion's Edition and get back into Street Fighter. After years of ups and downs, I ended up feeling pretty good about where the game is at with the launch of Champion's Edition, and recent netcode updates have made the prospect of playing online seem a little more inviting. It'll be a year before I'll get to play as Akira, though. Maybe I should dust off Rival Schools, too...
For more on Street Fighter 5, check out our interview with longtime series producer Yoshinori Ono, discussing all the lessons learned over the last few years.