Ono: Nobody said that Akuma's in [Street Fighter 5] *laughs*; we actually never said that a new character is coming at all

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • November 23, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. PST

Akuma is coming to Street Fighter 5 and will be playable at the PlayStation Experience next week, right? That's what the epic teaser trailer at the Red Bull Battlegrounds earlier this month seemed to suggest, anyway.


In a interview with Famitsu, Capcom producers Yoshinori Ono and Tomoaki Ayano discussed the current state of Street Fighter 5 and what's to come. When asked about the aforementioned Akuma reveal and the character's playable status, Ono had something very interesting to say.

"Nobody said that Akuma's in the game," Ono laughed. He went on to say that the trailer never explicitly stated that a new character was coming to the game.

Though the interview as conducted in Japanese, our very own Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor provided us with the English translation.

To read what Ono and Ayano had to say on the Akuma front, be sure to hit the jump.
Famitsu: You announced at an event recently that in December, at PSX (PlayStation Experience), Akuma is going to be playable, so I'd like to ask a bit about that.

Ono: Nobody said that Akuma's in the game, haha.

Famitsu: Eh?! Then what was that announcement video?

Ono: We actually never said that a new character is coming at all. We just said that people would be able to experience what we showed in that video, that's all, haha.

Famitsu: That's what it meant?! Well then, at least we can confirm that there's something to personally experience at the PSX?

Ono: Yes. That's undeniable. But it's going to be something that betrays everyone's expectations, in a good way, I think.

Famitsu: Betrays everyone's expectations?!

Ono: A lot of things have been leaked in the past, but we've had very strict regulations on this in particular, so please look forward to hearing what we have to announce.

Ayano: I think it's going to be in the middle of the night in Japan, but please try and watch it live if you can.

Famitsu: So if you have a lot of things coming up at the PSX, does that mean we'll be hearing something about the 2017 season as well... ?

Ono: Yes, that's right. The reason I've been very calm and quiet on Twitter lately is because the higher-ups told me, so I don't accidentally give too much away, haha.

Source: Famitsu. Translation made by EventHubs' own Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor. Sent in anonymously.
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