'Street Fighter V': Russian Zangief joins roster of fighters!

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A new Challenger has arrived in Street Fighter V!

This time, it’s more muscles as one of the most classic characters in the game franchise has been added to the growing roster of character in the upcoming Street Fighter V. Capcom reveals the new character, the “Iron Cycle” Zangief.

Zangief, a Russian wrestler with a noteworthy strength and agility, is one of the most prominent characters in the fighting franchise, appearing in most main installments from Street Fighter II to Street Fighter IV.

“When it comes to raw strength, not many in the world can compete with Zangief,” Capcom said, via the PlayStation Blog. “Training day and night, Zangief believes that the only way to victory is to have a body complete with perfect muscles. Due to his intense training, which includes wrestling bears, Zangief can lift the heaviest opponents with ease!”

While Zangief proves to be a danger when faced head on due to his highly damaging melee attacks, he can also fight ranged enemies. He can headbutt a single hit fireball/energy ball off, or flex his muscles hard enough that it becomes armor for a short span of time, and can also be used to damage his opponent.

His V-Skill, “Iron Muscle”, and his V-Trigger, “Cyclone Lariat” is detailed below:

V-Skill: Iron Muscle

  • Zangief shows the true power of his body when he activates Iron Muscle. During Iron Muscle, Zangief can absorb one attack, which leaves him with recoverable health. If players hold down medium punch and medium kick and then press a direction on the stick, Zangief will begin to slowly close in on the opponent. Upon release from the walk, Zangief flexes his muscles and hits the opponent if close enough.

V-Trigger: Cyclone Lariat

  • Zangief lives up to his name “the Iron Cyclone” as he spins with high speed and velocity, pulling the opponent in close. If the player taps the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will quickly spin and pull in the opponent. If the player holds the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will continue to spin and hit the opponent multiple times.

A second beta period is coming for the game, and this time it will support cross play between PS4 and PC players. No start date was given, but rest assured updates will come anytime soon.

Street Fighter V will come to the PS4 and PC early 2016.