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Despite what you may be hearing online, no, C. Viper is almost certainly not going to be Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition's final DLC character

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • April 10, 2021 at 8:06 p.m. PDT • Comments: 79

One of the interesting side effects of Street Fighter 5's Spring Update event this past week was that it got the fighting game community talking about the final DLC character planned for the title again though one seemed to be brought up more than anyone else.

After watching the broadcast, some fans were immediately convinced that Season 5's fifth fighter would be none other than Crimson Viper, but unfortunately the arguments for that being the case don't seem to hold water for multiple reasons.

The "smoking gun" for most of these Viper hopefuls came from Rose's section of the presentation where the fortune teller's tarot card deck was shown off as her unique win screen.

While the first card tossed at the screen was Karin's, the Street Fighter 4 newbie popped up front and center on the second one, which probably made everyone do a double take.

My assumption is these true believers assumed that every character featured in the game would appear on the SF tarot designs because that could normally make logical sense, but that's really not the case at all.

Instead, this deck of cards is based on an actual set of tarot cards released by Capcom in the special Japanese edition of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection.

Both Karin and C. Viper's designs were pulled straight from those previous designs, and there's even a brand new one shown right after with both Rose and Menat on the abnormal arcana number of 30 — perhaps in reference to the 30th anniversary itself.

Before Season 5's character reveals last summer, some had even speculated then that the remaining tarot card members would make up the DLC roster because there were five who were not in SF5: Rose, Oro, Elena, Rolento and C. Viper.

Obviously, Dan and Akira immediately blew that theory out of the water in August, but the mystery of character number 45 still remains.

That tarot card disconfirmation by itself wouldn't typically be enough to almost completely discredit C. Viper's potential for inclusion because she is one of the most highly-requested candidates still left on the sidelines, but that's not the only reason we're confident she's not gonna make it in.

The key detail there lies in the official roadmap given out by Capcom during the first Summer Update last August.

In the fall 2021 slot of the schedule, the "?" character is shown to have three costumes. Why is this important though?

Well, if we take a look at the rest of the season's roster, Rose and Akira each have five additional outfits while Oro and Dan only have three.

It's not exactly solid confirmation either, but that points to the final fighter also being male — thus disqualifying Viper again.

For over five years at this point, Street Fighter fans widely expected to see the special agent return in the newest iteration considering she was one of the most popular newcomers of SF4.

Viper also made it into Marvel vs. Capcom 3 over the likes of Juri, Seth, Rufus and Abel, so the developers seemed to have a lot of confidence in the character previously too.

Technically, she has appeared in at least four character stories within SF5 and seems to be the one who shows up the most that still isn't playable — outside of maybe Azam or something.

So, what do we know about Street Fighter 5's final member? Next to nothing really aside from the fact that they're probably male — everyone knows Capcom would jump at the chance of selling a bunch of Viper costumes too.

The development and marketing teams have been very careful to not divulge too much information as to even hint at their identity with the latest official blog posts for the Spring update referring to them as the mystery / unknown character.

We probably won't have to wait too much longer to figure out who exactly they are, however, as Capcom's pretty much already confirmed that a new Summer Update broadcast is coming within the next few months where they seem to tease that the fifth fighter will likely be unmasked alongside new footage of Oro and Akira.

Although it seems extremely small, there is still the possibility that Viper will still make it into Street Fighter 5, but I certainly wouldn't put any money down on that bet.

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