Street Fighter V‘s twelfth combatant has now been revealed—and it’s the pampered but powerful Karin Kanzuki.
Not seen since Street Fighter Alpha 3, Karin is to Sakura what Ken is to Ryu. However, in this latest chapter of Street Fighter, she’s getting the chance to shine on her own before Sakura can show up to steal some of the spotlight. Once again, rumors were dead on for who would be added, and I’m very glad for that. I never really got into Karin back into the Alpha days, but I’m starting to think I might need to seriously consider her as a potential new main.
And, can I just take a moment to say thank you to Capcom for not keeping her stuck in a Japanese school uniform? After that happening to Sakura for Street Fighter IV, I thought the developer might never be able to move on from the trademark looks of characters—and yet we’ve got a number of visual overhauls for characters so far in the game.
Karin’s V-Skill is Meioken, a “devastating palm strike that dissipates projectiles and knocks down the opponent if it connects, all while helping to build her V-Trigger gauge”. If you hold the buttons for a moment before unleashing Meioken, Karin will charge the move up slightly, which boosts its hit and block properties. Her V-Trigger, meanwhile, is Kanzuki-Ryu Guren no Kata, which is a souped-up version of her Guren Ken rekka-style combinations. Once triggered, Karin can transition into a wide variety of different follow-ups, including a low sweep, flying throw, or a backdash.
Much like she was in Alpha 3, Karin is looking to be a complicated fighter that’ll offer a huge amount of depth for those players willing to put in the time and effort to learn her. And, I mean, just watch that video reveal—how could you not want to do just that? Oh, and how about that gorgeous new Japan stage!
Street Fighter V is scheduled for release in early 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PC.