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Capcom has announced that the final character to be added to the Street Fighter V list is Luke, a new challenger and, according to Capcom's official account, "a key player in the future of the series." Which probably indicates that Luke is a key figure in the eventual Street Fighter 6 (Capcom has this habit of showing a particular character as the "core" of certain entries: Alex in Street Fighter III, Ryu for the reinvention of Street Fighter IV and Necalli for Street Fighter V, RIP Necalli).
Luke has a punch-centered fighting style and looks like a kind of cross between a boxer and an MMA fighter. It also has more than a few similarities to one of Street Fighter’s old gems, Guile: blonde hair, dog tags, and, as you’ll see above, projectiles that bear a passive resemblance to sound booms. Finally, Luke mentions his father in the trailer and has a pretty big tattoo on the upper body of the stars and stripes, so … yeah. It looks like Guile (or Nash) has a son.
Meet Luke, the new final character of #SFV and a key player in the future of Street Fighter. # SFVSummerUpdate2021 👊 pic.twitter.com/RszpnoWlZVAugust 3, 2021
A good trivia, which was noticed in the Shoryuken forums, is that Luke could be a remodeled version of a character destined for the canceled game Capcom Fighting All-Stars: in this case the character was called Torre. He has an entry in the Street Fighter V guide, but his name was transliterated as Luke on the official site.
The character will arrive in the game in November, while this month premieres Akira (no, not that one: she's a Rival Schools fighter) and Oro (a Street Fighter III classic, such a deadly old man fights with one hand tied) . Both can be seen in the summer update video below and they arrive on August 16th.
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Street Fighter V has achieved its stated goal of being Capcom’s first “fighting platform,” and Luke will mark the end of years of substantial DLC support. The issue of the "platform" simply means that this is the first entry in the long-running series that has been continuously updated since the release and that depends on microtransactions instead of asking players to get an edition every year. Hyper Fighting Deluxe Champion at full price. or so. If you want to see why Street Fighter is still the king of the fighting genre, Evo 2021 is happening right now.