Street Fighter V received a number of announcements during Sony’s Paris Games Week press conference this morning, and one of the biggest was the reveal of the final classic character being added to the game’s roster of fighters at launch: Dhalsim.
Yes, the long-limbed man who loves all things yoga is back, but this time, he’s looking a little different. This time around, he’s sporting a more traditional Indian turban and a long white beard, giving him an updated look that both connects him closer to his home country while also helping to show his age. I’m no fan of Dhalism, but if we’re going to have him, I’d much rather have this incarnation of the character.
It isn’t just Dhalsim’s appearance that got an update—his moves roster looks like it got a refresh as well, including some crazy new tricks when it comes to his control over the element of fire. Dhalsim’s V-Skill is Yoga Float, which lets him hover in the air for a few moments. During this time, all of his airborne attacks are accessible—allowing for some tricky and potentially powerful set-ups to use against opponents. His V-Trigger, meanwhile, is Yoga Burner, which sees Dhalsim spew fire onto the ground to use as either a keep-away trap or for extra damage against cornered characters.
Dhalsim’s arrival also brings one extra surprise: our next new stage, which is obviously set in India. It’s been an interesting mix of stages that seem attached to specific characters, and those characters that have no personal stages.
Street Fighter V hits for PlayStation 4 and PC on February 16th, 2016.