After weeks of waiting, Capcom has finally released initial details on Street Fighter V’s first post-launch character, Alex. Fans have long anticipated the return of the Street Fighter III lead has been absent from fighting games since his appearance in Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom so his return can’t come too soon.
As was previously mentioned, Alex’s changes in Street Fighter V have to do with amplifying his background as a grappler, so his tools are designed to help him get in and do massive damage.
Alex’s V-Skill, called Overhaul, turns Alex’s next attack into a “hard hit” with a bit of quick stretching. This means that the next hit will grant the attack all the bonuses of a counter hit, including increased hit stun. Whiffs will waste the hard hit bonus, so players will need to strategically plan their next attack.
Rage Shift, on the other hand, is a clothesline V-Trigger that Alex can charge. While charging, the move will parry any attack sent Alex’s way, and a full charge will break the opponent’s guard.
And finally, Alex’s Critical Art, Heavy Hammer, sees the returning fighter knock his opponent down with a thunderous chop before putting them into a painful looking crucifix hold.
The update that adds Alex to the game will also include bug fixes and balance changes. These mainly focus on things like Vega’s hilarious flight glitch and corrections to a few of the option selects players have found since Street Fighter V’s release
And to close things out, Capcom also pulled the veil back on upcoming modes. While the Trial mode will focus on combo challenges, the actual Challenge mode is all about teaching players of all skill levels the intricacies of Street Fighter V. Furthermore, each character will have their own separate tutorial to focus on unique aspects of their gameplay.
Alex, the aforementioned fixes, additional modes, the in-game shop, upgraded lobbies, and an online rematch option will be added to Street Fighter V when the update goes live later this month. Check out the rest of the official screenshots below and let us know what you think.