Players waiting on the latest installment of Capcom’s Street Fighter series to release in mid-February, 2016, have been eagerly awaiting news of the final unrevealed character in the game. But according to a report from GameSpot, fans received an unexpected treat when Capcom revealed not only F.A.N.G., the final character who will be available on release, but formally announced the six characters who will become available with Street Fighter V‘s DLC Season Pass — also just officially announced. Even better, they’ll be available to unlock through gameplay even for players who haven’t purchased the Season Pass.
The new release fighter, F.A.N.G., is second-in-command of the Shadaloo organization, M. Bison’s covert crime syndicate. His outfit seems to be a cross between a classic gangster look, sporting shades and fedora, and a traditional Chinese kung-fu monk’s tunic, all in shades of bright, eye-searing purple. The short teaser trailer also suggests that he may fight with claw weapons.
Capcom’s official blurb describes F.A.N.G. as “an assassin whose unique poison attacks leave him second only to M. Bison himself,” and the character brings a new mechanic — poison — to the Street Fighter series.
“Besides overseeing Shadaloo’s operations, his true passion comes from the evil experiments conducted within Shadaloo’s research facilities. F.A.N.G introduces a series first mechanic; poison. Whenever his poison attacks connect, they continuously deal damage to the opponent’s life bar until he gets hit or the poison runs its course. F.A.N.G’s sinister long range attacks and slippery movements, paired with his ability to poison, will leave his opponents feeling ill.”
F.A.N.G. also features the V-Skill Nishodoku (“doku” being Japanese for poison) throws a slow-moving poisonous projectile, while his V-Trigger Dokunomu (literally “poison-drink”) creates a poisonous cloud around him, damaging anyone who comes too close.
Little is known about how the DLC characters will play in Street Fighter V, although they’ll all be familiar to fans of the series. Juri, Urien, Balrog, Alex, Ibuki, and Guile have all been confirmed for a return over the course of the next year. Best of all, according to Gematsu, there are three different ways to obtain them — and one won’t cost players a thing.
Finally, all six characters can be purchased through the in-game currency, Fight Money, which is earned by completing daily challenges and leveling up characters. Although details are still vague, presumably Fight Money will be used to unlock additional character cosmetics, or possibly new stages; and while characters do increase in level, it apparently has no effect on the game beyond marking how long you’ve played a given character — and awarding Fight Money for doing so.
Street Fighter V will be releasing for PlayStation 4 and PC on February 16, 2016, and is currently available for pre-order in the PlayStation Store and on Steam, respectively, for $59.99, or with the Season Pass included for $89.99.
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