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Oro and Akira are now available in Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • August 15, 2021 at 7 p.m. PDT • Comments: 18

Update: Oro and Akira are now available in Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition. You can find everything you need to know to get started with the new fighters below.

It's been four months since we last received a new character in Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition with Rose, but that dry spell is just about to come to an end.

Oro and Akira Kazama are about to drop as the latest DLC fighters for SF5, so we've put together a guide for everything you need to know for the big content drop and update.

Starting out with when you can expect to start playing with your new digital toys, the official release date for Oro and Akira is Monday, August 16, but you'll probably be able to play them a bit sooner than that.

Street Fighter 5's online servers will be going down for maintenance on Aug 15 starting at 6 p.m. PDT and stay that way until around 10 p.m. PDT.

Though you can't play online during this time, Season Pass owners will be able to take the new characters for a spin in the offline modes once the title update drops, which is generally immediately or shortly after the maintenance period begins.

Players looking to pick them up individually, however, will need to wait until the servers are back up and running.

As for the bonus content the characters will be coming with, Akira will have four extra premium costumes to choose from with her one for Story being her original Rival Schools design, the Battle Costume being her school uniform, Nostalgia and Summer also being neat references to her source material.

Oro, on the other hand, only has the typical two premium outfits between his casual beach attire that looks a bit reminiscent of Master Roshi from Dragon Ball and his Battle Costume which has the hermit in a martial arts gi with a fur-looking vest on top.

All of this content is included in SF5's Season 5 Premium Pass for $40 USD ($30 currently on Steam) while just the characters and Battle Costumes are included in the Season 5 Character Pass for $25.

If you've still got Fight Money saved up, each fighter can be picked up for 100,000 FM, and the premium individual character bundles will be $6.


Oro is making his firsts playable appearance in over 20 years from Street Fighter 3: third Strike, and he's retained essentially everything from that game while acquiring some new funky tech.

His fireball, uppercut, flying kicks and command grab specials are all back in action as well as his unique double jump to totally screw up anti-air options coming his way.

Capcom also gave him a new kick special that launches opponents for an air combo with the EX version.

Pretty much all of Oro's Super Arts from Third Strike return in the way of his V-Skills and V-Triggers, and you can find out more about them in our gameplay breakdown for him here.


Akira Kazama marks the first time a character from Rival Schools has officially crossed over into the main Street Fighter roster, and the developers seem to have wanted to bring as much of her source material with her as possible.

Her moves and combos have been updated / altered to better fit SF5, but they've certainly given her a lot to make her unique — like making her the first real Rekka character in the game.

The trademark air combos from Rival Schools are back as Akira's second V-Skill, and fans of the oft-forgotten fighter have noted the attacks and rhythms used are nearly identical to the old ones.

Older brother Daigo also makes an appearance in her first V-Trigger where he slams down from the sky and causes an explosion in a somewhat similar fashion to Nadeshiko for R. Mika. He also shows up to do a sibling combo for her Critical Art.

You can find more on her gameplay and V-System in our previous breakdown for Akira as well.

Tournament Mode

Although the new characters are certainly taking the center stage spotlight right now, that's not all that's coming in SF5's new update.

The online Tournament Mode that was first announced in 2019 is finally seeing a full release too after not being talked about for more than a year.

Using the feature, players can set up or join tournaments that are handled all within the game itself without the need for an outside, separate bracket system.

Capcom hasn't stated officially how Tournament Mode is going to operate in practice, but if it's like the betas from early 2020, organizers and players will need to access a website to create and enter events.

The new mode also allows organizers to customize the tournament however they see fit from making them single or double elimination brackets to the ability to ban characters, stages and putting limits on ranks that can participate.

You can find out more details about the re-introduction for SF5's Tournament Mode here.

Come back after 6 p.m. on Sunday to learn the moment you can start playing around with Oro and Akira, and we'll certainly have a lot to talk about with them over the coming weeks.

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