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Fight as Akuma in Street Fighter 6 starting 22 May

By Ezzhan Hakim - on 9 May 2024, 4:56pm

Fight as Akuma in Street Fighter 6 starting 22 May

Image Source: Capcom

Capcom has announced that Akuma is coming to Street Fighter 6 starting 22 May. Akuma joins the Street Fighter 6 roster as a DLC and will be unlocked for owners of the Year 1 Character Pass, Year 1 Ultimate Pass, Deluxe Edition, or Ultimate Edition.

The Street Fighter 6 gameplay shows off Akuma complete with his famous move set including the air fireball, dive kick, and teleport move. Not forgetting Akuma’s iconic Raging Demon attack. It’s fair to say Ryu got destroyed in the trailer.

Here is a little history lesson for those who are clueless about who Akuma is. Originally introduced in 1994, the name Akuma translates to Devil, or Demon in Japanese and his fighting and character style match his name. Akuma first made his debut in Super Street Fighter II Turbo as a secret character and an alternative boss. From thereon, he has appeared in future Street Fighter titles such as Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, and Street Fighter V and even had a new form known as Kuruoshiki Oni in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.

Akuma is the younger brother of Gouken, Ryu’s and Ken’s master, and follows the fighting style called the “Satsui no Hado”, which sees him becoming evil and merciless to achieve power. This power makes him extremely difficult to defeat with his teleport in the previous Street Fighter games having nearly no recovery time. 

Speaking about his teleport skill, Capcom has announced Akuma's moves in Street Fighter 6. For more information on Akuma, you can visit his character page here.

Here is an overview of some of the moves you can pull off with him in the game: 

  • Gou Hadoken: Akuma’s infamous fireball is back and can be charged up to blast a “red fireball” that gives him more options on hit or block.
  • Ashura Senku: Like his previous iterations, Akuma uses Ashura Senku to glide on the battlefield cloaked in shadows.
  • Adamant Flame: One of Akuma’s new moves, where he performs a forward thrust engulfed in flames. This move is useful in combos and for exploiting vulnerable opponents due to its long reach.
  • Messatsu Gohado: Akuma’s Level 1 Super Art where he fires a highly concentrated ball of Satsui no Hado.
  • Empyrean’s End: Akuma’s Level 2 Super Art where he turns the Satsui no Hado into a powerful flame and ignites it within the opponent.
  • Sip of Calamity: Akuma’s first Level 3 Super Art where he throws opponents on the ground face-first and follows up with a single devastating blow.
  • Shun Goku Satsu or “Raging Demon”: This second Level 3 Super Art can only be performed when his Vitality is low enough for a Critical Art and can be used to end combos. This time, he allows you to see what happens during the one-second worth of nightmares.

Capcom has also announced three new updates alongside the launch of Akuma. Outfit 3 becomes available for all Year 1 Characters, including Rashin, A.K.I., Ed, and Akuma. Year 1 Ultimate Pass owners will automatically receive these including their colours 1-10 on 22 May. Capcom has also said that balance updates for all characters will be coming. Expect details of the balance changes to be announced in the coming weeks. Year 1 Ultimate Pass owners will also receive the new stage, Enma’s Hollow. The fiery new map is where Akuma resides to continue his hellbent training.

Play as Akuma across all three Street Fighter 6 game modes, including World Tour where you can learn more about his story, Battle Hub, where you can use his move in your avatar and the classic Fighting Ground experience. Akuma will also have a throwback Outfit 2 style as well, inspired by his debut look in Super Street Fighter II Turbo. 

Akuma will be a playable character on 22 May across the PlayStation 5/4 console, the Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam. For more information about Akuma and future updates, you can visit the Street Fighter website here.

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