Dhalsim Revealed for Street Fighter V

A new trailer for Street Fighter V was released during the Paris Games Week event that revealed the fifteenth fighter for the game.  Dhalsim, the Indian yoga guru whose been a mainstay of the series since Street Fighter II, has returned for Street Fighter V‘s starting roster.  This isn’t too grand a surprise as he was suggested by a very accurate leak that released months back.

Dhalsim has always been known for long-range combat with his elastic limbs and that certainly remains with his latest incarnation.  He also retains his iconic fireball, teleport, and spinning divekick techniques.  The elderly yogi has learned some new tricks, such as a levitation ability that carries him through the air as his V-Skill, a fire trap that lingers along the ground as his V-Trigger, and an arched fireball that serves as an anti-air.

His new super move takes this arched fireball to a higher level by making it larger and more powerful.  While damaging, his super move can be tricky to land because of its arched movement, so spacing of your opponent will remain a vital aspect of his playstyle.

Dhalsim’s look has changed in the same way as his moveset, keeping familiar aspects while mixing in new touches.  He still wears the raggy, yellow shorts and necklace of skulls that he’s always worn, but now he also sports a white turban and a full beard.  You can check out Dhalsim’s trailer, featuring a new stage set in his hometown, below.

Along with the reveal of Dhalsim, Capcom has announced a number of new details on Street Fighter V through its Capcom-Unity blog.  First and foremost, the release date has been set for February 16th in North America and Europe.

We also have more information on how post-launch characters will be handled.  As has been stated several times, Street Fighter V will not include new characters in large bundles including in rereleases of the game as has been done in the past and will instead adopt a model similar to League of Legends where new characters will be added over time and can be attain either with microtransactions or points earned from playing the game.

Capcom already has six new characters planned to be added post-release with one releasing every two months, and data-mining of the recent PC beta suggests that Guile, Balrog, Juri, Ibuki, Alex, and Urien will be these six.  It’s possible they’ll simply appear as background characters as we already have confirmation that Alex will be in the background of the New York stage.  As for unlocking characters, there will be an in-game currency called Fight Money that can be earned from completing daily goals and leveling up individual characters.  Players will receive a new goal each day that can easily be completed in quick sessions, such as landing a set number of Hadokens.  You can also earn Fight Money by leveling up characters in either single-player or multiplayer game modes.

Are you a fan of Dhalsim’s long-range style?  What are your thoughts on SFV’s business model?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Speculating Street Fighter V’s New Boss Character

The roster for Street Fighter V is nearing completion with only a couple more characters awaiting their reveals.  Karin, Zangief, and newcomer Laura were officially revealed recently, with Laura being accidentally leaked by Famitsu early.  Capcom has stated that there will be sixteen playable characters in Street Fighter V‘s initial roster and more will be added post-release in a League of Legends type of ongoing service.  They’ve also stated that, of the sixteen characters, eight will be series regulars, four will be veterans that have been out of the fight for some time, and four will be entirely new.  With the most recent reveals, we now know seven of the eight all-stars (Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Zangief, M. Bison (dictator), Vega (claw), and Cammy), three of the newcomers (Necalli, Rashid, and Laura), and all four of the returning veterans (Charlie Nash, Birdie, Rainbow Mika, and Karin).  This leaves only one all-star and one newcomer for the initial roster.  However, the remaining characters may already be known as all of these reveals line up well with a supposed leak that was originally released on the forums of popular Street Fighter fan-site Shoryuken.com.

The leak was posted three months ago and claimed that R. Mika, Zangief, Sim (supposedly referring to Dhalsim), Juri, Karin, Ken, Urien, Alex, Laura, Rashid, and Zen would be on Street Fighter V‘s roster before any of those characters had been confirmed.  Initially, I shrugged the leak off as it not only failed to mention Vega and Necalli, but it also contradicted with the number of characters that Capcom themselves claimed would be in the game.  Even when Rashid was revealed, I still wasn’t convinced and chalked it up as a lucky guess.  Dozens of fake leaks are released regularly and, while Rashid isn’t the most common name, it’s still possible that someone just got lucky.  However, now that Laura has also been revealed, it lines up too well to be called a mere coincidence.  Taking the Shoryuken leak as real, that makes Dhalsim the last veteran character (so much for my Necro prediction) and Zen as the last newcomer and is also referred to as the new boss character in the leak.  Unfortunately, it turns out that executive producer Yoshinori Ono really was playing a trick when he heavily hinted at Blanka being announced at the Brasil Game Show.

However, what about the three characters left over?  Unless the roster has changed mid-development or the stated number of characters was an outright lie, there isn’t enough room in the plan for Juri, Alex, and Urien to join the cast.  Well, the simple explanation is that these characters won’t be in the initial line-up, but rather are the first ones in line to be added post-release.  One of them may even be announced near launch as a free preorder bonus.  There is an event scheduled at New York Comic Con that would be the perfect place to reveal the all-American Alex.  I doubt anyone would be used as a preorder exclusive given that Capcom knows how much they’ve burned their fans with on-disc DLC in the past and they are in no position to garner more bad press for themselves.  After all, the only reason Street Fighter V is being developed at all right now is because Sony offered to help publish it.  More likely, preordering would get you a voucher for a specific character that would have to be unlocked with either grinding or microtransactions otherwise.  Then again, never underestimate a major game developer’s ability to dig its own grave.

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The one major mystery surrounding the roster is the identity of the supposed new boss, Zen.  With such an innocuous name, Zen’s playstyle, personality, and even gender are all anyone’s guess.  However, I think we may have already seen Zen and can deduce some of his abilities.  In Street Fighter IV,  Shadaloo enforcer and former boxing champ Balrog decides to go rouge in order to steal Shadaloo tech and sell it for his own gain.  In the end, all he walks away with is a mysterious child experimented on by SF4’s main antagonist,  Seth.  It’s my guess that this child is Zen and he will appear in Street Fighter V all grown up and in control of his latent powers.

Being raised by Balrog, Zen would likely be a boxer and the roster is still in need of one.  Having a boxer as the new boss would be an interesting twist, and he has his mysterious powers to differentiate him from Balrog and Dudley and make him stand out as a boss character.  Given that he was found in the same facility that created Seth, a creature made up of the best moves of all the other Street Fighter characters, the possibilities for his powers are essentially limitless.  He could mix up his pugilism with projectiles, spacing techniques, barriers, or who knows what.  Just having a straight-forward boxer wouldn’t be much of a boss, so Zen will definitely have some overwhelming abilities to put him on the level of Akuma and Gill.  Once again, I want to emphasize that this is all just wild speculation on my part and Zen could just as easily be an entirely new character unrelated to anyone or anything we’ve seen before.  Zen could very well be a space alien with three legs and shoots lasers from its eyes for all we really know.  Before you call that ridiculous, keep in mind that Street Fighter has never been shy about casually throwing around monster men like Blanka and Necro.  I just think Balrog’s ending from SF4 feels too much like foreshadowing of events we’ll see play out in SF5 to ignore.

Who do you think will be the new boss character for Street Fighter V?  Who do you want to have join the post-release roster first?  Do you have any lingering concerns as we approach the game’s release?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.