Today, following a leak last week, Capcom announced that the third Season 2 Street Fighter V DLC character is the Bandaged Boy: Ed
For those that don’t know: Ed first appeared as a non-playable character in Street Fighter IV. He will make his playable debut in Street Fighter V (Second Season). Further, he is said to be the protégé of Balrog, created by Shadaloo, as a potential substitute body for M. Bison
The following overview of Ed is provided by Capcom:
At a young age, Ed was kidnapped and experimented on by S.I.N., a division of Shadaloo, in order to become a replacement body for M. Bison. Many of you might remember a young Ed appearing in Rose’s Street Fighter IV story and Balrog’s story in Super Street Fighter IV. Due to the experiments, Ed’s body ages faster than normal humans until they are old enough to be suited for battle. Since Balrog raised Ed, his fighting is centered on boxing but since he carries M. Bison’s genes, his fighting style is enhanced by Psycho Power.
V-Skill: Psycho Snatcher
Ed releases Psycho Power from his palm, pulling himself or opponents depending on how long he charges it up.
V-Trigger: Psycho Cannon
With a full V-meter, Ed releases an enormous amount of Psycho Power. He can follow alongside it, allowing him to pepper in shots when it connects with the opponent.
Critical Art: Psycho Barrage
Ed lunges forward with a series of punches. If at any point he connects, he’ll continue weaving around the opponent, slipping in quick combinations of Psycho-punches ending with a powerful uppercut.
According to Capcom, what makes Ed unique is how players perform his special moves. As you may know, his special moves have simple inputs — as in they only require simultaneous button presses, repeatedly pressing a button, or holding down a button. Only Ed’s Critical Art is done by inputting a traditional motion.
Capcom also announced and revealed his Battle Costumes, which will release alongside the character:
Street Fighter V Season 2 Character Pass is available for $29.99 USD and grants access to characters: Akuma, Kolin, Ed, and three brand new fighters to be announced later this year. The pass also comes with Premium Battle Costumes with colors 3-10 unlocked and default costume colors 3-10 for each character.
Ed is set to be playable alongside all previously released characters during the Capcom Fighters Network second beta that will take place between May 11th and May 14th.
A release date for the character was not divulged. But an announcement trailer and screenshots were: you can check it all out below: