As a mainstay of the franchise since first appearing in Street Fighter II the “Spanish Ninja” himself, Vega, is set to return to the fighting ring once more for Street Fighter V but will also be bringing some new tricks up his (clawed) sleeves.
A new post on the PlayStation Blog confirmed that Vega will return for Street Fighter V bringing not only a brand new look to the classic fighter, but also featuring two variations with “claw” and “no claw” fighting styles, allowing Vega to sheath his claws and giving players new options in combat.
Capcom community manager Peter Rosas provided more detail on the combat changes for Vega in Street Fighter V, explaining:
“That’s right, he now has the ability to sheathe his claw during battle in exchange for new moves, such as a command grab, as well as new attack properties, greatly changing the way he approaches each fight. Knowing when to toggle between the two styles will be the key to success, and it also allows for new combo possibilities. Conversely, Vega will no longer be able to pick up his claw once it’s knocked off, so knowing how to fight without the claw is a must! Players who enjoy tricky movement and the technical challenge of switching between claw/no-claw fighting styles will definitely find the beauty in Vega’s play style.”
Rosas also mentioned that Vega will be available to play publicly during this week’s Gamescom 2015 at Sony’s booth during the event, which will run from August 5th-9th in Cologne, Germany.
Street Fighter V will release for PS4 and PC in March 2016 – in the meantime, you can check out the reveal trailer for Vega below, along with a gallery of images of Vega in action: