First Season 5 buff for Ryu may have been spotted and it's a highly requested change for his crouching medium kick in Street Fighter 5

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • December 3, 2019 at 6:11 a.m. PST

While most of us have probably been distracted by the shiny new V-Skills (with the most recent ones being Alex, Blanka, and Kage) that are coming to Street Fighter 5, HiFight has apparently been paying extra close attention to the footage for an early look at Season 5 changes. As with any balance patch, we're expecting a number of buffs and nerfs for the entire roster.

Fans of Ryu might be excited to hear this, but it's entirely possible that the range of his crouching medium kick may have been adjusted. Based on footage comparisons, it looks as though its reach has been extended.

To demonstrate the potential of Kage's second V-Skill, Kage was shown to be in a defensive position against Ryu. As is typical with the Shoto, he was shown performing a classic block string — crouching medium kick into a fireball.

However, it looks as though Ryu is able to connect his crouching medium kick against a crouch blocking Kage in a scenario where it'd be out of reach for Ryu in Season 4. This seems to indicate the possibility that Ryu's crouching medium kick was buffed.

HiFight was able to demonstrate this by position Ryu and Kage at the same range. It was shown that from this distance, Ryu isn't able to pressure with his crouch medium kick.

Do keep in mind that getting everything pixel perfect might be nearly impossible. As a result, there's a possibility that the distance between Ryu and Kage in the Season 4 clip could be one or more pixels away than the Season 5 clip.

One of the biggest complaints about Ryu in Street Fighter 5 is his overall "stubby feeling." In other words, his neutral game is somewhat problematic due to the fact that his normal attacks lack reach.

His crouching medium kick, in particular, has often been criticized since the animation seems to show the attack passing through character bodies (feet) without connecting with any hurtboxes.


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