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Street Fighter 5's new DLC character Kage is basically Evil Ryu with a twist

Satsui what they did there.

Capcom has released a new character for Street Fighter 5 - and he's basically Evil Ryu.

He's not called Evil Ryu, though. He's called Kage (pronounced car-gay), "the Embodiment of the Satsui." Think Ryu with red eyes, fangs and a couple of cute little horns.

According to Street Fighter lore (yes, Street Fighter has a lore), Ryu constantly battles to control the Satsui no Hado. After the events of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Ryu overcomes the Satsui no Hado's temptation, preventing Evil Ryu from ever seeing the light of day.

This is where Kage comes in. The Satsui no Hado living within Ryu became sentient, apparently, and has risen as Kage, which means 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," Capcom said.

Kage's moveset is a lot like Evil Ryu's from Street Fighter 4 (he has that cool axe kick), but there are some differences. His ground Hadoken doesn't create a traditional fireball, his air Hadoken flies horizontally in the air, and his hurricane kick rotates only once and delivers just a single kick.

His V-Trigger I is a teleport move (this can also be used in the air as an air dash for flashy combos). His V-Trigger II is an attack good for keeping up the pressure and for cancelling blocked sweeps.

Kage's Critical Art is Ryu's chin-smashing super from previous Street fighters with a Kill Bill twist. He's also got a Raging Demon attack, but he can only do this while in V-Trigger II.

Kage costs £4.99 or 100,000 Fight Money. Capcom said he is the beginning of the next season of Street Fighter 5, but: "We're doing things differently this year, so we're eager to share the details with you soon! Thank you for all the continued support. We can't wait to show off what's next in 2019!"

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