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Street Fighter 5 is getting a brand new crossover costume from Fighting EX Layer

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 14, 2020 at 10:13 a.m. PDT • Comments: 91

The official Street Fighter Twitter just revealed that Street Fighter 5 has a new crossover costume en route from none other than Fighting EX Layer on September 16.

The new look has been fitted to franchise poster boy, Ryu, and sees him take on the appearance of the sliver-haired Kairi. Traditionally Capcom has sampled directly from other Capcom titles for this practice, but this is more of a "once removed" sort of scenario.

Fighting EX Layer is a 2017 title that exists as something of a spiritual successor to Namco's Fighting Layer and Capcom's Street Fighter EX series. The game itself was developed by Arika, which was founded in 1995 by former Capcom employee Akira Nishitani.

Kairi appeared in the first Street Fighter EX game as a secret character. His left eye is scarred, which possibly came from a duel to the death with his father and fights to find out truths from his past (starting to sound similar to bits and pieces of a few fighting game story lines from over the years).

According to Shadaloo character guide, he lost his memories during an assassination attempt when Shirase dumped him off a boat during a storm. It took every drop of his power to be able to make it to the shore. He regains his memories during a desperate struggle against Hokuto, but upon becoming bewildered at his older sister who tried to kill him, he decides to live as a human weapon.

Keep reading on the Shadaloo site, however, and you'll find that there's another version of the character as he was somewhat retconned after the events of the first SF EX game. It appears as though Capcom is adhering more to the latter version, especially given they directly reference Fighting EX Layer in their tweet.

It's been quite some time since we last got a crossover SF5 costume as the most recent one before this was Blanka's Nergigante outfit from Monster Hunter back in December 2019, and thus this will serve as the very first crossover costume for Champion Edition.

It's worth mentioning that this content was not listed on Capcom's Season 5 roadmap plans, implying that the door is still open for a sprinkling of additional content on top of the major releases and updates on the schedule.

Since it's been a good nine months since we last did this dance some may need a reminder as to how the process plays out. Players will be able to unlock the Kairi outfit for Ryu by spending Fight Money to participate in four distinct AI battles over the course of four weeks. Those that participate in and win the (usually very easy) battles against the AI foe will be awarded the costume upon finishing the fourth fight.

You can see Ryu's new getup via the gallery below. Let us know in the comments what you think of this latest crossover.

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Thanks to Ziferoth and WMA for sending this in.

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