It was pretty safe to assume Zangief would be coming back with the return of Street Fighter next spring, but now we have confirmation.
The mohawked bear wrestler was unveiled this week at the IgroMir event in Russia, appropriately enough, where attendees had the chance to try out the mass of muscle known as Zangief for the first time in Street Fighter V.
Zangief is the 13th character confirmed to be part of the cast of Street Fighter V this spring alongside stalwarts like Ken, Ryu and Chun Li, as well as new characters like Necalli and Rashid.
Here’s Capcom’s official statement on what we can expect from the character:
When it comes to raw strength, not many of the World Warriors can compete with Zangief. Training day and night, he believes that the only way to victory is to have a body complete with perfect muscles. Due to his intense training, which includes wrestling bears, Zangief is able to lift even the heaviest opponents with ease! In Street Fighter V, Zangief shows off the results of his training through his newfound V-Skill (Iron Muscle) and V-Trigger (Cyclone Lariat). But, these are just the tip of the iceberg, as Zangief has many more new tactics in store for any opponent that challenges him and his raw power.
Street Fighter V hits PlayStation 4 and PC in the Spring of 2016 with cross-platform online play.