After the conclusion of tonight’s Red Bull Battlegrounds Street Fighter V tournament and the traditional farewell “Shoryuken” salute from Street Fighter V Executive Produce Yoshinori Ono, we got a short teaser for Street Fighter V’s newest character: Akuma.
The teaser was brief, showing only a view of a temple ravaged by a storm, followed by several flashes of light (which appear during Akuma’s signature move, the Shun Goku Satsu), then an iconic Street Fighter image: a paintbrushed Kanji emblazoned on the back of a black gi.
One curious thing to note: The symbol on Akuma’s back this time around is not the traditional “Heaven” Kanji, but the one for “god” over the one for “man” – the same combination that appeared when he transformed into his ultimate form, Shin Akuma, in Capcom Vs. SNK 2. This could hint at what his abilities in Street Fighter V might be.
No release date for the character was given, though the teaser mentioned he will be playable at this year’s PlayStation Experience on December 3-4 in Anaheim, California.
Akuma’s a fan favorite, so it’s surprising he hasn’t made it to Street Fighter V yet. I can’t wait to test him out.