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The Russian Bear returns: Zangief joins SF5 roster

by: Jeremy -
More On: Street Fighter V

As October begins, Capcom is choosing to reveal yet another character for the Street Fighter 5 roster. This time, we see series staple Zangief step into the fold. Judging from the gameplay trailer shown below, long-time fans of the Russian wrestler will feel right at home with his new incarnation. Zangief appears to be retaining a variety of his classic moves and fighting style. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t getting some new tricks though; his new V-Skill, dubbed Iron Muscle, allows him to absorb an attack from the opponent. His V-Trigger attack, the Cyclone Lariat, is an extremely fast lariat punch that creates a vacuum like pull that drags the opponent into its fray.

With this reveal, there are only three more characters left to be revealed for the game. The game will have a total of 16 characters at launch, with four of them being completely new. Currently, the roster consists of the following:

  • Birdie
  • Cammy
  • Chun Li
  • Karin
  • Ken
  • M. Bison
  • Nash
  • Necalli
  • R. Mika
  • Rashid
  • Ryu
  • Vega
  • Zangief

This means that two of the remaining three characters will be completely new, plus one veteran will be joining the fray. Who do you think will take the remaining returning spot?