A.K.I. is the first new character introduced in Street Fighter 6's season pass, while Rashid, Ed, and Akuma are all familiar faces to longtime fans. Rashid was first added to Street Fighter 6 in July while A.K.I. was added in September. Based on the release schedule, Ed is slated to be the third Street Fighter 6 DLC character, while Akuma is the fourth, with the two characters currently scheduled for Winter 2024 and Spring 2024 respectively. In celebration of the new year, Capcom gave fans a first look at Akuma's new outfit for when he arrives in Street Fighter 6.
While fans got a brief look at the DLC character's art in a previous trailer, this new render that Capcom released on Twitter showed off what Akuma will look like in Street Fighter 6's engine. Akuma appropriately looks fierce, with the red background and symbols behind him being a nod to Akuma's iconic finishing move, the Raging Demon. Moreover, Akuma's appearance is suitably more beastlike and wild, wearing a pelt around his waist and neck while having stark white hair as opposed to his typical red locks.
Happy New Year! 🎆— Street Fighter (@StreetFighter) December 31, 2023
Thank you for all the support you've shown Street Fighter 6 this year.
Here's to more fights, gatherings, and content coming in 2024! pic.twitter.com/knMjAcuOXA
Many were excited to see the classic Street Fighter antagonist again, even if his addition to the game is still at least a few months off. Many complimented Akuma's new design, some considering it an upgrade over the lion's mane look he had in Street Fighter 5, with his new hair being a better indicator of its lion motifs. Others were hoping to get information on Ed, since he is the DLC character to be added before Akuma.
In terms of what to expect for Akuma's gameplay in Street Fighter 6, the character has traditionally been a glass cannon fighter, having a high-risk and high-reward offensive style of play. He also has the same moves as other Shotclone characters in Street Fighter 6 (e.g. Ryu and Ken), being able to use attacks like the Shoryuken and Hadouken, but having fewer defensive options than the aforementioned fighters. Players will also likely be able to learn his moves for their customizable avatar character in both the single player World Tour mode and online multiplayer matches.
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