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Luke's prologue explains very little about Street Fighter 5's newest character but leaves things open for what's next

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • November 29, 2021 at 10:05 a.m. PST • Comments: 57

Luke has been released as Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition's final combatant. We've been told by Capcom several times at this point that Luke will have some important role in the next Street Fighter project, most likely Street Fighter 6. There are clear hints that indicate that Luke is intended to to be next protagonist within the Street Fighter series.

As such, one might expect Luke's prologue to unveil some backstory about this important character. While it does do that to some extent, very little is actually revealed beyond what was shown during the Fall Update broadcast.

The prologue begins with adult Luke narrating a traumatic moment that happened during his childhood. While at a shopping mall, Luke's father, Robert, discovered an IED that was set to explode.

This was apparently the first time that Robert had struck and yelled at Luke. Though this might make Robert seem abusive for hitting a child, this was actually what Luke needed to get out of the fearful stupor that was caused by the discovery of the explosive device.

There apparently would've been more causalities that day if not for Robert's heroic act. It's heavily implied that Luke's dad lost his life that day.

And who is responsible for causing this event? "Terrorists." Nothing is ever stated about who the terrorists are or what they aimed to accomplish by blowing up a mall.

Regardless, Robert's selfless act is what ultimately inspires Luke to join the army to fight terrorism. After some time has passed, Luke begins to wonder if joining the army was really the right choice.

To help him come to the decision of discharging from the army, Guile, a corporal and senior officer to Luke, challenges him to a match. This is literally the only match in Luke's prologue.

As for the final fight in Luke's Arcade Mode, it's Guile again. Apparently Luke got his discharge date wrong and left a day early. Guile came for Luke to have him issue an apology letter for leaving early.

By this point, it seems like Luke's story is pretty open-ended. Not much is revealed on what he might possibly be aiming to do within the next Street Fighter project.

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Source: Kakuchopurei.

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