Excited fans got an eyeful of the upcoming Street Fighter V Saturday night, after developer Capcom showed an exhibition match of the upcoming game at its annual tournament, the Capcom Cup.
Players Mike Ross and Peter “ComboFiend” Rosas squared off as classic characters Ryu and Chun-Li in the latest version of Street Fighter. They played two full matches to showcase the game’s new graphics and moves. It was a chance for audience members and other professional players to see Capcom’s latest developments.
Street Fighter V was leaked in early December, then confirmed shortly after at the PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas on Dec. 6. The next-gen only game will be available for PlayStation 4 and PC.
Although Street Fighter titles receive many updates after their respective releases, there hasn’t been a new numbered entry in the series in some time. For instance, Street Fighter IV — known by serious players as “Vanilla” — was released to consoles in 2009; but Ultra Street Fighter IV came out just this year.
Based on V’s gameplay, it seems the game will include some of the same features from previous Street Fighter titles, such as EX meters for more powerful attacks. However, it isn’t clear whether they will function in the same way as before.
Capcom also announced that Charlie, a character who was playable in Street Fighter Alpha, but supposedly died, will be returning to Street Fighter V. He joins Ryu and Chun-Li as the game’s only confirmed characters.
Capcom has not yet issued a release date for Street Fighter V. It suggested that V’s debut may be far off, however, as the company will continue supporting Ultra Street Fighter IV in tournaments through 2015. Capcom also announced that it plans to increase the prize pool for next year’s Capcom Cup and other Capcom Pro Tour events to half a million dollars — the total of which will be spread out through the year.