Street Fighter 5 Character Roster Adds Ken Masters

Fiery fighter gets redesigned for new entry in Capcom's fighting series.

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Capcom has announced Ken Masters will join its growing cast of fighters for Street Fighter V.

Ken was debuted at the panel during San Diego Comic-Con and is described as using an "aggressive, in-your-face fighting style." According to Capcom he'll also have "big damage [and] flashy combos."

Fans of the series will notice Ken has been given a big redesign and now sports longer hair pulled back in a ponytail, much like his younger, Alpha period incarnation.

Courtesy of Twitter user Nibel.
Courtesy of Twitter user Nibel.

Although the slide shown at the panel describes him as a "Shoto," it looks like he will play very differently from his previous versions.

It is likely that Capcom will release official images and a trailer for the Street Fighter V version of Ken very soon.

Capcom has said in the past it is aiming to make every character feel unique, the decision to make Ken play uniquely would be in line with this goal.

A brief trailer for Ken was shown during the panel. In the video below you can see the new-look Ken showing off some of his iconic fire-imbued kicks. Towards the end of the trailer there are flashes of another face, teasing another character reveal. Current speculation is that it could be either Akuma or a brand new character. The latter seems more likely.

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Ken has been a staple in Street Fighter games since the first, playable in all of them. Recently, rumors also suggested that Alex and Urien, characters from Street Fighter III, would be coming to Street Fighter V, but Capcom has yet to confirm this.

Capcom recently detailed the upcoming Street Fighter V beta, which is set to begin on July 23 at 6 PM PT on PlayStation 4. The beta will have a total of six characters to play, but will launch initially with four, with Cammy and Birdie joining later.

Street Fighter V launches in March 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PC. Keep an eye on GameSpot for more news about Street Fighter coming out of Comic-Con.

Take a look at some new Street Fighter V screenshots below.

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