Three New Street Fighter 5 Characters Leak Ahead Of Evo 2019 [Update]

Three New Street Fighter 5 Characters Leak Ahead Of Evo 2019 [Update]

A much-awaited sumo returns, as well as two Final Fighters.

Update: Capcom has uploaded the official trailer containing all three new fighters, as well as individual trailers for E. Honda, Poison, and Lucia. You can check them out on the Street Fighter YouTube channel.

Original story follows:


This weekend is Evo 2019, the largest competitive fighting game event of the year. Usually, publishers have a few announcements stashed away to premiere during their game's grand finals, but it seems like this year's reveal for Street Fighter 5 leaked a little early.

A Steam trailer for three new fighters was momentarily posted before it was quickly removed, but not before folks captured the big news. Classic Street Fighter 2 fighter E. Honda will finally make his appearance in SF5, alongside two Final Fight fighters, Poison and Lucia, all set to join the fight on August 4.

The trailer has been taken down, but we got a chance to watch it before it disappeared. E. Honda looks like what you'd expect, utilizing his V-Trigger styles for either his flying headbutt or his Hundred Hand Slap. His stage from Street Fighter 2 also looks to make it into Street Fighter 5 as well, to really capture that '90s SNES feel.

Poison is no newcomer to the Street Fighter series, though she's been borrowed over from the Final Fight games. She's got her whip, heels, and a molotov cocktail for some cool set-ups off her hits.

Lucia is one of the playable protagonists from the Super Nintendo's Final Fight 3, and brings some burning kicks and a police baton. Weapons are usually a rarity in Street Fighter, but hey, fellow Final Fight-er Cody is also packing a knife and pipe, so this just evens out the field.

It's always a bit of a bummer when these surprises leak, but at least some Street Fighter fans are getting their mains in the new game, and others have a new fighter to look forward to. Evo 2019 kicks off this Friday, but if you want to read up on your Street Fighter knowledge before then, be sure to check out our feature on how a parry saved the series in the timeless Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

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