Ryu's beard will factor into Street Fighter 5's story, more characters might be getting facial hair

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • September 18, 2015 at 5:14 p.m. PDT

Earlier this month, Capcom unveiled details on the Street Fighter 5 collector's edition and pre-order bonuses. Those who reserve the game at select retailers will be given one of four different alternate outfits, including the bearded Ryu battle costume.

Since it's initial reveal, the scruffy Ryu reached a surprisingly high level of popularity with fans everywhere referring to the pre-order bonus costume as "Hot Ryu." It's because of this popularity that Capcom is considering adding more rugged-looking appearances into Street Fighter 5.

Speaking with Kotaku at Tokyo Game Show, Capcom's Director of Marketing and eSports Matt Dahlgren said that the chance of more beards is quite likely. “I’d say there will be more beards, because of the reaction to Hot Ryu,” he explained.

You can take a closer look at bearded Ryu in the images below.

Street Fighter 5 "Hot Ryu" image #1 Street Fighter 5 "Hot Ryu" image #2
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What's even more interesting, is that Dahlgren also confirmed the inclusion of Ryu's beard in the Street Fighter 5 story mode. The alternate look will play a part in the game's narrative, but the specifics on how exactly are currently unknown.

With Ryu known for being the "tireless wanderer," I can only imagine that the beard came from one of Ryu's epic voyages, wherein he was unable to access a razor. Only time will tell.

So, which characters do you think should receive a bearded alternate costume in Street Fighter 5? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Kotaku.
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