Introducing F.A.N.G, the Newest Street Fighter
Ahead of tomorrow’s Capcom Cup, the Sony PlayStation Experience event saw the reveal of Street Fighter V’s last new character, F.A.N.G. Let’s take a look.
FANG marks a return to a tried and true formula for creating new Street Fighter characters; steal from kung fu movies. Like Eagle before him, who was inspired by the escrima stick wielding Petrov from Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury, many people have drawn comparisons between this new Chinese character and the Harpists from Stephen Chow’s more contemporary comedy Kung Fu Hustle, along with other potential inspirations:
You be the judge.
Capcom’s online community, Capcom-Unity, has broken the character down in more detail, describing F.A.N.G as a Shadaloo assassin and M.Bison’s new right-hand man that uses deadly poisons to deal damage over time, a new mechanic for Street Fighter.
F.A.N.G’s V-Skill in particular, named Nishidoku, throws out a small cloud of this poison that affects the enemy on hit, and can only be dispelled by landing a hit on F.A.N.G or by letting it run its course. F.A.N.G players, then, will want to land a Nishidoku cloud, then rely on his slippery nature and long limbed punches and kicks to play keep-away while the poison does its work. In addition, his V-Trigger, Dokunomu, emits a poisonous cloud, damaging any player that gets too close in a similar way to Mortal Kombat X’s Noxious Reptile variation.
In other SFV news, Capcom has ended debate on the first wave of DLC characters, officially acknowledging their leak and confirmed that it’s on the money; the first six characters to be added to SFV will indeed be the ones found in sound files gleaned from the beta code.
The revelation came with the news that North American fans could purchase the game’s 2016 Season Pass now, suggesting that Alex, Guile, Balrog, Ibuki, Juri and Urien would all arrive at some point in 2016.