Last year, fan-favorite Street Fighter character Akuma was announced for Tekken 7. Crossovers between fighting games is nothing new, especially between the Street Fighter and Tekken franchises, but what made some raise their eyebrows about Akuma’s inclusion in the new Tekken was that he wasn’t going to be featured in Street Fighter V. Well, nine months after the game’s release, Capcom has announced that Akuma is finally coming to Street Fighter 5.
Akuma was confirmed for Street Fighter V at the Red Bull Battlegrounds tournament by the game’s executive producer, Yoshinori Ono. Akuma’s announcement included a brief teaser trailer that featured a different Kanji symbol on his back than the one he usually bears. Instead of the Kanji symbol that says “heaven,” Akuma’s Kanji symbol in the Street Fighter V teaser reads “destruction,” and is identical to the symbol he had in Capcom vs. SNK 2.
In Capcom vs. SNK 2, Akuma had the ability to transform into Shin Akuma, an even more powerful version of himself. Since the Kanji symbol in the new teaser matches the one he had in Capcom vs. SNK 2, some have theorized that Akuma’s V-Move and his other abilities will be based on his appearance in that game.
For now, fans can only speculate as to what Akuma has in store when he is eventually added to the Street Fighter Vorster, as the teaser trailer doesn’t really offer any answers. However, fans won’t have to wait long to learn more about Street Fighter V‘s version of Akuma. As it turns out, he will be a playable character for anyone that attends the PlayStation Experience event in Anaheim, California from December 3rd to December 4th.
Since Capcom is already allowing enthusiasts to test out Akuma at the PlayStation Experience, it seems to suggest that the character is fairly far along in development. Considering this, it’s possible that a release date for Akuma in Street Fighter V could very well be one of the announcements in store at the PlayStation Experience in December. If fans are lucky, Akuma may even be added to the game before the year is out.
Adding a fan favorite character like Akuma to Street Fighter V‘s roster of fighters is a smart move, but it may be too little too late. Street Fighter V‘s sales are plummeting, and Capcom may have to take more drastic measures if it hopes to improve the game’s performance. Perhaps Akuma will be enough to draw in some that have held off on Street Fighter V due to its lack of content, but we’ll have to wait and see on that front.
Street Fighter V is available now for PC and PS4.