has unveiled the next fighter in the Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition: Kage.
Kage, which means “shadow,” is the embodiment of evil spirit “Satsui no Hodo,” per a press release. Satsui is a raging spirit born out of humanity’s obsession with power who can overtake the main protagonist of the Street Fighter series, Ryu, and turn him into the character Evil Ryu.
The Satsui no Hado is a dark force tied to the more sinister aspects of the human soul, including the hunger to survive, destroy, and conquer. Those who learn to control it become nearly unstoppable, but at the cost of their humanity. Akuma is one of these beings. In the past, Ryu was constantly struggling with keeping the Satsui no Hado at bay. If he was hypothetically unable to control it, Evil Ryu would manifest and bring a dark obsession to the otherwise peaceful Ryu. However, after the events of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Ryu was able to overcome the Satsui no Hado’s temptation to ensure Evil Ryu would never see the light.
However, the Satsui no Hado living within Ryu became sentient and would rise as the entity known as Kage, meaning “shadow” in Japanese. Kage lives to prove Ryu is nothing without him and seeks to challenge Akuma and Sagat, two of Ryu’s most notorious rivals. Will Ryu succumb to Kage’s schemes?
Available today (Dec. 17), Kage is the first new character coming to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition for the upcoming season. He can be purchased for $5.99 or 100,000 in Fight Money, which is the game’s currency.
Also available today is a downloadable update that brings balance changes for the rest of the roster. Five of the characters (F.A.N.G, Vega, Chun-Li, Abigail and M. Bison) will receive brand new moves to enhance their play-style.
Watch Kage’s reveal trailer below. Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is available now for PlayStation 4 and Steam.