The identities of Capcom’s Street Fighter V’s six planned DLC characters have been confirmed by in-game sound files discovered by data-miners at Shoryuken.
WAV files of an announcer stating the characters’ names strongly suggest the six DLC characters are Balrog, Alex, Guile, Ibuki, Juri and Urien. Other sound files also include announcements of major fighting game tournament venues and host countries, such as “Final Round – USA,” “Stunfest – France” and “Mad Catz Tokyo Game Show – Japan,” and unlockable online ranks like “Rookie,” “Master” and “Hero.”
These files, discovered by forum-goers at Shoryuken, raise many interesting discussions. First, we can clearly see who the DLC characters are before the game’s even been released, and way in advance of when they would have probably been revealed, which could have been any time before the end of 2016. The characters themselves seem to be a collection of popular fan favorites, who are all returning from one SF game or another. There are, of course, several famous SF characters who are conspicuously absent (Akuma, Sagat, Sakura), but there are so many different characters in SF’s pantheon that it seems impossibe to please everyone while still introducing fresh faces.
Then there’s the inclusion of the tournament venues. The most plausible explanation seems to be that Capcom is integrating some in-game announcements to coincide with the Capcom Pro Tour celebrating the game’s launch. I can imagine setting the announcer to the location of the tournament at hand, enhancing the game’s presentation for a live audience and stream-viewers alike. And predictably, the online rank announcements are just that – online rank announcements, which probably chime in when you level up.
While this major leak of SFV info is probably a big headache for the people at Capcom, there’s a lot for fans to get excited about. Of course, its unfortunate that the surprise of the DLC characters has been spoiled, but fans of fighting games don’t often mind knowing what the entire roster has to offer before purchasing. There’s also no telling whether this will be the only DLC fighter pack to support SFV, but my hunch is it won’t be. If that’s the case, you can start saving up for Ultra Mega Street Fighter V in 2017. Until then, Street Fighter V releases February 16th, 2016 on PlayStation 4.