Evo 2019 is this weekend, and with it usually comes a bunch of big announcements and trailers for your favorite fighting games. It’s pretty much a given that we’ll get some DLC news from Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7, Samurai Shodown, and possibly BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Meanwhile, we weren’t sure we’d get any big announcements from Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, which seemed to be slowly bringing its content releases to an end.
Well, it looks like we were right about Capcom not making any huge announcements at Evo because…um…they were leaked instead ahead of the event instead. Rather than sweep it under the rug and pretend nothing happened, Capcom owned up to the DLC news and has released the trailer it meant to debut at Evo.
The big news? THREE new characters are hitting the game: E. Honda, Lucia, and Poison.
Not only did E. Honda make his debut in Street Fighter II, and until now, he was the only character from that game to not show up in Street Fighter V. E. Honda both the best sumo wrestler in the world and an absolute sumo fanatic who wants nothing more but to promote his sport across the globe and increase its popularity. He also pals around with Zangief and Hakan quite a bit. That’s about the gist of his storyline.
Lucia is more of a deep cut. She’s appeared in only one game, 1995’s Final Fight 3 for the SNES. Lucia was one of four playable characters, along with Mike Haggar, Guy, and Dean. She’s a detective from Metro City’s Special Crimes Unit and appears to be working alongside Cody Travers, the current mayor (albeit under the orders of Haggar, the former mayor).
Then there’s Poison. Originally just a random fighter you beat up in Final Fight, Poison has regularly appeared in the Street Fighter games since Street Fighter III: Second Impact, where she acted as Hugo’s manager. After Street Fighter X Tekken, Poison returned for Ultra Street Fighter IV. Her interests bounce between street crime and proving herself as an entertainer, whether that means as a fighter, fight promoter, or musician.
All three characters, as well as the recreation of Honda’s Street Fighter II background, will be available on Aug. 4. On the day after, they will be available as a bundle.
Sadly, we’ll just have to wait a bit longer for Dan Hibiki to show up.
Gavin Jasper writes for Den of Geek and wonders if this year’s Evo will be able to top the weirdness of the “Negan in Tekken 7” announcement. Read Gavin’s articles here and follow him on Twitter @Gavin4L