Everyone’s favorite bear wrestler, Zangief, has piledrived his way into Street Fighter V. The Russian giant is the 13th character to be added to the game, which still leaves three empty character slots (though Blanka will likely fill one next week).
In addition to the Reveal Trailer embedded above, a few more details about Zangief were confirmed by the Capcom-Unity blog… like the fact that Zangief can harm his opponents just by flexing! Here’s what else we’ve learned about Zangief, and if you somehow find yourself in Moscow this weekend, a Street Fighter V demo featuring the big Russian will be available on the show floor at the IgroMir expo:
When it comes to raw strength, not many of the World Warriors can compete with Zangief. Training day and night, he believes that the only way to victory is to have a body complete with perfect muscles. Due to his intense training, which includes wrestling bears, Zangief is able to lift even the heaviest opponents with ease! In Street Fighter V, Zangief shows off the results of his training through his newfound V-Skill (Iron Muscle) and V-Trigger (Cyclone Lariat). But, these are just the tip of the iceberg, as Zangief has many more new tactics in store for any opponent that challenges him and his raw power.
V-Skill: Iron Muscle
Zangief shows the true power of his body when he activates Iron Muscle. During Iron Muscle, Zangief can absorb one attack, which leaves him with recoverable health. If players hold down Medium Punch and Medium Kick and then press a direction on the joystick, Zangief will begin to slowly close in on the opponent. Upon release from the walk, Zangief flexes his muscles and hits the opponent if close enough.
V-Trigger: Cyclone Lariat
Zangief lives up to his name “The Red Cyclone” as he spins with high speed and velocity, pulling the opponent in close. If the player taps the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will quickly spin and pull in the opponent. If the player holds the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will continue to spin and hit the opponent multiple times.
Street Fighter V will be released for the PC and PS4 in Spring 2015.