Here Comes a New Challenger: Zeku Joins Street Fighter V October 24th

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#1 Edited by StarvingGamer (11518 posts) -

UPDATE2: Official blog post is out:

UPDATE: Capcom put out his move list in addition to a quick write-up on him. Looks like it was pretty much what it said on the box. The fact that his long slashy kick specials are actually called "Gram" lends more credence to the theory that his storyline in SFV is, in fact, his founding of the Striders. Which is nuts. Glad to see he has a way to stance switch in neutral if necessary and not rely on comboing into V-Skill.

Yep, surprising no one, the 6th and final Season 2 character for Street Fighter V is none other than Zeku, Bunshinryu master and teacher of Guy (and Maki?). Lots of wild stuff to unpack in this trailer and with no official blog post out yet it's time for some good ol' speculation.

  • In old-man style he seems to have a command-jump with multiple followups, including a kick, a crossup, and a throw
  • He has a series of kick specials that seem to be able to reach about 2/3 screen and cover various angles
  • His trigger seems to give him access to a teleport-dash
  • Long chains like all ninjas
  • His V-Skill(?) seems to be a stance-switch, that also is an attack, and it will be interesting to see if he has a safe way to do it in neutral outside of combos
  • Other stance is just Guy, also he gets younger
  • I have so many questions!

A stance character that has to work to change stances seems very interesting, but who knows what is actually going on here. Hopefully the official blog post will be up soon so we can get some meatier details.

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#2 Posted by TheHT (15875 posts) -

Holy shit he looks rad in every way. 70s mutton chop Strider grandpa.

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#3 Posted by Redhotchilimist (2973 posts) -

His theme is out of this world, probably my favorite so far. He gives off such a good retro vibe.

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#4 Posted by StarvingGamer (11518 posts) -
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#5 Posted by OurSin_360 (6201 posts) -

is that strider?

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#6 Edited by Redhotchilimist (2973 posts) -

@oursin_360 said:

is that strider?

I've been lurking over at Neogaf(cause it's nice to see a thread move a page in an hour instead of in a week), and the speculation there is that Zeku might be retconned into being the founder of the Striders since the youtube description says he's out to start a new Ninja clan. I dunno if that's the case, and I wouldn't guess it to be explicit in any case, but it's as good a reason as any for why he looks so much like Hiryu in his younger form.

I'm also eating my hat if one of those costumes you can earn in Arcade Edition(Like Rashid's Viewtiful Joe) isn't a straight up Strider Hiryu costume for him.

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#7 Posted by L1GHTN1N (1996 posts) -

@redhotchilimist: I would've guessed that too, but his young Battle Costume is already basically Strider with different hair so having another like that may be bit overkill? Maybe Ibuki gets one though her swimsuit costume kind of has that look already as well.

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#8 Posted by nnickers (496 posts) -

Hot damn that looks good.

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#9 Posted by DrBroel (208 posts) -

I'm newer to 2d fighting games. I'm really interested in different archetypes of characters. Like how Ryu is Shotokan and there is a version of that in every fighting game. Or how Ibuki is a kind of style (Chipp from GG is this kind right?)

What other character's are "Old Man Style"?

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#10 Edited by hassun (10032 posts) -

@drbroel: Boatloads really. Pretty much every fighting game series has at least one of them.

Gen, Tung Fu Rue, Shun Di, Nicotine Caffeine, Oro, Heihachi Mishima, Jinpachi Mishima, Chin Gentsai, Lau Chan, Gouken, Dhalsim (SFV version), Raizo, Wang Jinrei, Gen Fu, Lee Pai Long, etc.

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#11 Edited by Elyhaym (359 posts) -

Holy shit - between Arcade Edition, Menat and now Zeku, I might actually return to SF5 and play more consistently.

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#12 Edited by Redhotchilimist (2973 posts) -

@hassun: Old man isn't really a style the way a playstyle like shotos are though. But I agree that it seems every game needs to have one.

I thought about this today because this old dude was coming out: I'm pretty sure the only reason they gave Dhalsim a great white beard and M. Bison white hair was because nobody in the base roster were old. Similarly, there wouldnt have been a black character in Street Fighter Alpha if they hadn't turned Birdie black, and there wouldn't have been a fat character in Street Fighter V's base roster if they hadn't turned Birdie fat.

I guess Birdie lucked out of a white mohawk.

Edit: They did a Zeku post

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What a season, what a season. I wouldn't have expected Abigail to be my fav, but he's so much fun.

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#13 Posted by L1GHTN1N (1996 posts) -

They also posted the movelists, old and young have completely different V-Skill is attack and swaps, but can also do down down and 2 punches to swap without the attack; young version has target combos ending in V-Skill for swaps but doesn't seem like old version can easily. Supposed to be longer video breakdown/stream before his release as well according to TheStreetWriter on Twitter.

Overall good season, for all the complaining about it being all new characters instead of Sagat/Sakura/etc. I think they've all been really neat and great additions to the game that I've even enjoyed playing (some more than others, Ed became my new main while Menat was too complicated for me with Kolin/Abigail falling between). I'd hope for S3 they have at least a few new characters and it's not just 6 returning as that's sort of boring to me, but I feel I'm in the minority on that.

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#14 Edited by IVDAMKE (1824 posts) -

Good character to round it out on, I really didn't like Kolin through Abigail but Akuma, Menat and Zeku are cool.

Whens the new netcode?

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#15 Posted by StarvingGamer (11518 posts) -

@l1ghtn1n: It looks like the upward version of Gram puts opponent into a juggle state that can combo into V-Skill so I guess we'll need to see how easily he can confirm into that special, if he can use his standard pressure links or if it's only after bigger hits. In the trailer he only does it after ccHK and HP it seems. Hopefully ddPP doesn't have a super long animation.

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#18 Posted by obcdexter (980 posts) -

His theme reminds me of the great opening from the Tenchi Muyo OVA. I dig it.

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#19 Posted by mezmero (3788 posts) -

I always wondered why 'Strider' Hiryu was really suppose to be his canonical name. Always sounded like a nickname or a title to me by virtue of simply being the actual title of the games. Now that all these characters are revealed I can state my Chief Beef with Abigail's design specifically. It's not racist enough, a sentence I almost never say about a Street Fighter character. Then again I don't know how one would design a Canadian character beyond putting them in a Kids In The Hall sketch. Just put Kenny Omega in the game, he certainly plays enough of it.

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#20 Edited by Redhotchilimist (2973 posts) -

Striders are just his organization, right? Hiryu is his own name.


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I think the reason Abigail isn't very Canadian-like apart from his maple leaf-shaped hair is just that they didn't decide on it until fairly late. Or at least, it didn't steer the design the way Menat's Egyptian heritage or Kolin's eastern block/Russian heritage does. I still think he fits really well because he's straight out of those early days of Final Fight/SF2 designs, he's just got a butt ugly face. But he might as well have been another American for all that it matters.

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#21 Posted by L1GHTN1N (1996 posts) -

Yeah Strider is the org/clan and main one you play as is Strider Hiryu, but there's also Strider Hien who appears in 2 apparently (and now Strider Zeku).

Bigger question is now that Strider is part of the SF universe and Final Fight already was, what's the next Capcom franchise to be added in? Is Ed's Neo Shadaloo also running the new Umbrella? Will we cross examine Interpol agent Chun Li in the next Phoenix Wright game? Will Vega be the fourth Scissor Man? So many possibilities...

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#22 Edited by Redhotchilimist (2973 posts) -

I'd suggest they should add some of those Rival Schools character that hang around on the Kanzuki Beach stage, but frankly we've got more than enough characters from Japan and the US in Street Fighter V already without stealing them from other franchises. I'm never getting a Norwegian representative at this rate. But on the other hand, considering how dead most of Capcom's franchises are, I'd be happy to see anyone forgotten get a second life as an SF character in some way.

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