Street Fighter 5 Adds Middle-Eastern Fighter Called Rashid

Arabic character will be able to harness the power of wind in brawls.

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Capcom is adding a new Middle-Eastern character to the cast of Street Fighter 5 fighters called Rashid.

The reveal was made at Games15, a video game show currently being held in Dubai, where Capcom's Yoshinori Ono introduced the character. Although details about Rashid's abilities and play style haven't yet been revealed, it seems he will have the ability to control wind.

In a video, which you can watch below, he's shown to be quite a nimble character, capable of jumping off walls and executing dive kicks. His kicks attacks have a wind property to them, but he's also able to place small hurricanes in front of himself, much like SNK's Joe Higashi. Rashid is then able to jump through these, thus giving him the ability to create cross-ups and pile on pressure from both sides.

Rashid's Critical Art is a large hurricane that suspends the enemy in the air, allowing him to deliver a fatal kick.

Interestingly, a supposed leak from earlier this year stated one of the upcoming character announcements for Street Fighter 5 would be called Rashid. This reveal lends some weight to reports that other two characters are a Brazilian fighter named Laura and an Indian character called Zen.

An image of the character was posted on Twitter by KO Alliance and can be seen below.

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All Games Beta has a second, better look at Rashid.

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A trailer for the character has also appeared on YouTube.

Sony has confirmed it will have 19 titles playable at its Tokyo Game Show booth this year, one of which is Street Fighter 5, a console exclusive for PS4. It's likely more information about the character--and perhaps others--will be provided there.

GameSpot's hands-on with Street Fighter 5 at Gamescom revealed the latest iteration offers more of a gameplay reinvention than you might expect.

Recently, Capcom detailed the business model it is adopting for Street Fighter 5, and it's quite a departure from the previous game. Players will only ever need one disc, and future gameplay DLC will be available for free provided you earn enough in-game currency.

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bjornborgue

Mushroom-like head wear flapping in the wind looks a bit silly to me.

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Enforcer246

XBOX BOYS STAY SALTY

Hope ya'll enjoy Killer Instinct. Lols

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sol_pro

@Enforcer246: It's all good son we will get sf4 BC. So we will have all fighting game brand on xbox. all the way from KF to doa to mk to sf etc

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sfirita

let the sarcastic racists/brainwashed morrons comment on this...it will rain dumb comments :) hahaha.....time to bring some popcorn...comment section will be more entairtaining than fantastic 4 reboot....

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AcidTango

Man so much hate here in this comment section for just this character lol.

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GameboyTroy

Interesting new character.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-fn_c_ELCE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4QWBv6gUzs

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ferna1234

*Terrorism jokes ahead*

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ECH71

I think it's funny how out of nowhere, within the same year, two of the more popular fighting games add Arab characters for the first time.

Copy Tekken 7 much?

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Person4

I find it hilarious that the news of this character (of all characters) was announced on 9/11.

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Abdulrahman1981

@Person4: :) I noticed that Arabs are being recognized more and more in the new games, there are games being sold that have Arabic subtitles. I hope this game will be as good as MKX

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DrYuya

Supposedly he's weak against Guile, and if he loses to him he's subjected to some pretty brutal tortures afterwards in a cutscene.

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Hardcoreehb

@DrYuya: Only with Guile? I see what they did there.

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SuppaPHly42

@DrYuya: so if he wins against guile does he cut his head off :P

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DesertEaglex24

Why is he wearing power level scouter?

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DrYuya

@DesertEaglex24 said:

Why is he wearing power level scouter?

To easily locate clusters of unarmed civilians in case he happens to be on a plane.

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fyrant

@DrYuya: exactly. All middle easterns are actually Saiyans sent to earth to obliterate it.

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fyrant

lemme guess...he has his own Terrorist group called Shaqbibis? The US needs to wake up and see the immediate threat this character poses and have him removed from the game /-_-

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DesertEaglex24

@fyrant: you're a moron please go back to slamming your head into a car door, you bigot.

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fyrant

@DesertEaglex24: bigot? I'm just touting the American media agenda here. Oh, and by the way, I'm being sarcastic. If you weren't a moron you would've caught that part.

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Isamu_36

@fyrant +:

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fyrant

@fyrant: I am offended that Capcom has decided to use a character who could potentially hurt the US and its citizens, and take away the 'freedoms' we have. Please boycott SFV.

NO, no, wait. Boycott SFV for the pay for pieces (DLC characters) model instead. That actually makes sense.

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SuppaPHly42

@fyrant: why be offended at all :P

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virtuaSEGA

@fyrant: Its all free if you play the game, its been mentioned a 1000 times by now.

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fyrant

@virtuasega: Oh yes. You're right. It's a grind for character pay model. Ok. Boycott SFV for that stupid shit.

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Valence00

@fyrant: Still buying it 8D

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@fyrant:nope still buying it

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GirlUSoCrazy

I'm starting to come around on Street Fighter V, it's setting itself apart from 4 in a lot of ways

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Warlord_Irochi

@DrYuya: Worst of it if that you provably thought that was a funny and original "joke"

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pound-u

Where are the Canadian fighters? Screw the Americans.

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virtuaSEGA

@pound-u: The programmers couldn't stop the Canadian fighters from leaving the fights to make love to moose.

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SuppaPHly42

@virtuasega: "caribou" not "moose" we love them so much we put them on our quarter

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fyrant

@pound-u: Japanese made game homes.

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kee1haul

Laughably stereotyped.

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virtuaSEGA

@kee1haul: Laughably trolling.

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Pelezinho777

@virtuasega: why is he troling? Street Fighter is infamous for stereotyped fighters, and you need to grow up and learn what trolling means.

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virtuaSEGA

@Pelezinho777: Sorry bro, tell your boyfriend I regret calling him a troll. I hope this didn't anger him with him taking it out on you tonight, I'm not here to get in the way of lovers.

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Pelezinho777

@virtuasega: no problem. Just tell your mother to keep your 12old face clean of zits and one day you might even sleep naked with female in same bed.

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virtuaSEGA

@Pelezinho777: I'll just ask your mom to wash my face, she's laying next to me anyways right now...which reminds me I just did the whole sleep naked with a female thing, you can stop worrying about it now.

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Kumy

Pretty good and refreshing to see.

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Stesilaus

"This reveal lends some weight to reports that other two characters are a Brazilian fighter named Laura and an Indian character called Zen."

Why Brazil and India again? Blanka and Dhalsim have been in the cast since the first release of SFII!

Why not add characters from the many countries that have never been represented before?

A Viking-inspired character from a Scandinavian country? A Zulu-inspired character from South Africa? A Maori-inspired character from New Zealand? An Inuit-inspired character from Canada?

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OhSnapitz

@Stesilaus said:

"This reveal lends some weight to reports that other two characters are a Brazilian fighter named Laura and an Indian character called Zen."

Why Brazil and India again? Blanka and Dhalsim have been in the cast since the first release of SFII!

Why not add characters from the many countries that have never been represented before?

A Viking-inspired character from a Scandinavian country? A Zulu-inspired character from South Africa? A Maori-inspired character from New Zealand? An Inuit-inspired character from Canada?

I pretty sure SF is one of the few fighting games that has represented nearly EVERY continent.