Valve admits the big Street Fighter 5 character leak on Steam was their mistake

The platform holders apologize to fans for spoiling the surprise

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • August 3, 2019 at 7:48 a.m. PDT

After more than seven months of mostly silence on the part of Capcom as to what the future held for Street Fighter 5 following Capcom Cup 2018, E. Honda, Poison and Lucia's reveals appeared to leak early ahead of their scheduled EVO 2019 announcement.

The trio of characters' information popped up on Street Fighter 5's Steam store page which Valve has now taken responsibility for as an error on their part in an official statement made to the game's forum page.

Valve's Statement on Street Fighter 5 Leaks

Dear Street Fighter 5 Fans, on Wednesday of this week there was a mix-up in the publishing process at Valve that caused a trailer to go live on Steam ahead of schedule. The trailer includes the major reveal of Poison, Lucia, and E. Honda as characters joining the fighter roster.

It’s a regrettable and unintentional situation, and we have already implemented measures to prevent this error from happening again. We are fans of Street Fighter ourselves and we’re sorry for the error.

Following the appearance of the new fighters popping up early, Capcom quickly decided the cat was out of the bag and posted the official trailers, character breakdowns and move lists that night / the next morning.

The company appears to be trying to make the most of their current situation by running ads for the new characters during the breaks at EVO 2019 which is likely garnering more eyes than perhaps the big reveal would have had on its own.

Some fans had been holding out hope that the leak was all a big ruse from Capcom's fighting game division and that Yoshinori Ono would have an extra announcement to make on Sunday, but Valve's admission here makes those chances even slimmer than they already were.

Capcom did appear to essentially leak their previous character in Kage at Capcom Cup 2018 with the fighter popping up early for some players who updated the game with the Season 4 patch. The developers have had issues with fighting game leaks dating back to the Street Fighter 4 days, but this one appears to fall on someone else's shoulders for a twist.

Sent in by Xykes, TheVidgameJunkie, Gailim.

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