Updated: Ken officially joins the Street Fighter 5 roster

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • July 9, 2015 at 2:19 p.m. PDT

Updated: Ken's official trailer, tons of screenshots, information on his "V" moves and more have been added to this story.


Earlier: This just in: A new warrior enters the ring!

At Capcom's Street Fighter 5 San Diego Comic-Con panel, the game's next playable fighter was revealed. Ken, the fiery, blonde shoto, officially joins the roster.

Ken is the fifth character to return from the last installment in the series, Street Fighter 4.

Polygon reports that Ken will be very different from Ryu this time around. He will no longer sport his trademark red gi, and will come equipped with a more "in-your-face" playstyle.

His V-Trigger is called Heat Rush and enhances all of his special moves, while his V-Skill, Quick Step, allows him to run towards the opponent, closing the gap quickly.

Here is some more information on Ken, courtesy of Better Gaming Bureau and Kayane.

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Additionally, it has been confirmed that there will be three phases of Street Fighter 5's beta testing. The first one begins on July 23rd on PlayStation 4, however, dates for the other two have not yet been revealed.

Hit the jump to check out Ken's official trailer.
In a new PlayStation Blog post, Capcom's own Peter "Combofiend" Rosas detailed Ken's V-Trigger and V-Skill. Check out what he had to say below.

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"V-Skill - Quick Step: Ken runs towards the opponent, closing the distance in an instant. Ken can also choose to step kick or input another attack closer to the end of his run!"

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"V-Trigger - Heat Rush: Ken channels flames through his entire body for a short period of time, which powers up his special attacks by increasing their number of hits and improving their trajectory, allowing him to perform even more damaging combos."

More notes from the official Ken trailer


- Heavy Tatsumaki doesnt go straight, starts with a rising kick off the ground and moves in an arc

- EX Air Tatsu = Dive kick

- Light Tatsu is as it was before

- V-Counter is a hit that returns fighters to Neutral

- Can cancel out of Shoryuken with V-Trigger for juggle combos

- V-Trigger adds juggle properties to all Tatsus, makes EX Shoryuken Shoryureppa

- V- Trigger makes EX air tatsu a two hit dive kick

- Can cancel out of EX Hadouken with V-Trigger

- Hadouken appears unchanged

- F + MK command normal causes soft knockdown, sends opponent across the screen

- An announcer can be heard at the K.O. Screen, though faint and clearly early work.

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