Street Fighter 5 is preparing for the release of its second DLC character since its Arcade Edition relaunch. Blanka, the green fighter that debuted in Street Fighter 2, is returning to the franchise. Today Capcom released a bevy of new details regarding Blanka, including a new trailer and when the character will be available for download. Street Fighter 5 players can pick up Blanka starting February 20.
Blanka may not be one of the Street Fighter franchise’s most popular characters, but he has certainly grown to be one of the most well-known. Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono carries a toy Blanka with him during every promotional event he attends, taking photos with crowds, and even using the toy to tease future announcements. Blanka’s return to the roster will be celebrated, and Capcom is ensuring the character is authentic to his Street Fighter 2 origins.
The vast majority of classic Blanka moves from Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter 4 will return with the character’s release in Street Fighter 5. That includes his patented Electric Thunder move and various spin attacks. Blanka’s V-Skill is the Coward Crouch, allowing him to duck below attacks like fireballs. And his Critical Art, naturally, combines electricity and rolls to deliver awesome damage.
Three new Blanka skins will make their debut with the release of the new character, each of which is teased in the trailer. The Story Costume features Blanka wearing a mascot costume of… Blanka. The Battle Costume features the fighter wearing Amazonian armor, and comes in 10 different color schemes. And finally the Nostalgia Costume features the classic pea soup and orange fur of Street Fighter 2 Blanka.
Players can pick up Blanka in a variety of ways, the simplest of which is to pay $5.99 up front. Blanka will also be available for 100,000 in-game Fight Money bucks, which is hopefully attainable since it has been some time since that last DLC character release. Then there’s also the Season 3 Character Pass, which also includes the currently available Sakura, as well as forthcoming Falke, Cody, G, and Sagat, for $29.99.
Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is available now on PC and PS4.