Street Fighter 5: Akuma, New Fighters Joining The Brawl [VIDEO]

Akuma was first teased during the Red Bull Battle Grounds Tournament last Nov. 6.

Capcom has already made known that it is going to pour huge amount of resources to push Street Fighter 5 as a dominant eSports title. For this purpose, the game studio promised to beef up the game’s tournaments such as the Capcom Cup, its gameplay, which includes the launch of new heroes such as Akuma.

In a recent statement, Capcom confirmed that the demon god will join the stable of Street Fighter 5 fighters who will be coming our way on Dec. 20. The announcement was complemented by an awesome video showing his fighting style as he briefly battled Ryu, a character who also excels in melee combat. The big reveal was shown during the PlayStation Experience 2016.

As shown above, in Street Fighter 5, Akuma got a bit of a makeover. He is now rocking longer locks as opposed to his shorter hair cut in Street Fighter 4. His moves were also on display such as the classic air fireball and the notorious dive kick, which now has an EX version.

“Akuma returns to Street Fighter 5, displaying his mastery of Ansatsuken and while he has become burlier than previous games, he possesses quick footwork and devastating combos,” Capcom said in an official statement. “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.”

Capcom is also providing Street Fighter 5 fans an opportunity to get to know Akuma more by reading his backstory. In the meantime, here is a list of his techniques:

Capcom is also providing Street Fighter V fans an opportunity to get to know Akuma more by reading his backstory. In the meantime, here is a list of his techniques:

V-Skill: Rakan

This skill is similar to Ryu’s Mind’s Eye. Here, Akuma strikes a defensive stance then parries 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.

You can purchase Akuma as part of the 2017 Character Pass for $29.99. He will come with five other fighters – all shiny and brand new.

“The pass also comes with Premium Battle Costumes with colors 3-10 unlocked and default costume colors 3-10 for each character. Additionally, 2017 Character Pass holders will receive an exclusive PS4 theme.”

B-Boy Ryu and B-Girl Chun-Li are part of the new Street Fighter 5 Holiday Content, along with the previously mentioned Akuma Story.