Capcom has big plans for Street Fighter V‘s second season of downloadable content, and it all begins with Akuma on December 20. Revealed over the weekend at the 2016 PlayStation Experience, Akuma’s design will be “burlier” in Street Fighter V, but according to the Capcom-Unity blog, the martial artist is just as deadly as ever:
Akuma returns to Street Fighter V, displaying his mastery of Ansatsuken and while he has become burlier than previous games, he possesses quick footwork and devastating combos. He has a wide array of destructive tools and is able to completely out-class opponents with his oppressive pressure. His moves and stances often strike poses reminiscent of Buddhist statues and Ukiyo-e paintings.
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Akuma strikes a defensive stance and similar to Ryu’s Mind’s Eye, can parry an incoming attack. He can follow-up the move with an upward kick or a long reaching palm strike.
V-Trigger: Dohatsu Shoten
Akuma powers up and envelops his body with ki to enter Dohatsu Shoten mode. In this mode, his Gohadokens are more powerful, now able to travel full-screen and he can unleash two in the air even while jumping backwards. Additionally, when he lands his Goshoryuken attack, he follows-up and violently drives his opponents into the ground.
Critical Art: Sekia Koretsuha
Akuma channels an incredible amount of ki into his palm and drives it into the ground, striking the opponent with an exploding pillar of fierce energy.
Critical Art: Shun Goku Satsu
Only accessible while in Dohatsu Shoten mode, Akuma’s most powerful attack returns. He glides towards the opponent and grabs them, resulting in a series of devastating strikes in the blink of an eye.
Akuma will be the first of six new characters added to Street Fighter V as part of the 2017 Character Pass ($29.99), which will also be available on December 20. The Pass will give Street Fighter V owners access to Akuma and five “completely new” characters throughout the year. Each character will also receive Premium Battle Costumes with Colors 3-10 unlocked. And as always, all of Street Fighter V’s upcoming bonus content can be unlocked by completing Challenges and earning Fight Money in the game.
Capcom also announced they’ll add the 2016 Holiday Content Pack, B-Boy Ryu, and B-Girl Chun-Li to Street Fighter V’s online storefront on December 20. A trailer for these extra costumes can be found after the break.