July 25th brought a new collection of content for Street Fighter V. Not only is the long awaited new character being released, but there is also new skins and stages. This new content is now available after the scheduled maintenance announced by the official SFV Servers twitter.
The newest fighter to join the Street Fighter V roster is Abigail. The gargantuan fighter originally appeared as a boss fight in the original Final Fight. Abigail is similar to another Final Fight character in Hugo and is much larger than the rest of the roster. When the fighter was revealed his sheer size brought up issues of whether he could be properly jumped over or crossed up. However, Capcom UK’s Matt Edwards shared a video on Twitter to quell these worries.
For those who've asked, Abigail can be crossed-up and thrown like the other characters. No special rules for him in that respect 😉 pic.twitter.com/z7SCRUVDHR
— Matthew Edwards (@TheStreetWriter) July 18, 2017
Abigail has some unique moves to set him apart from the rest of the cast. His move-set includes guard-breaking attacks, an armored run, and some creative juggle opportunities. On top of this, his size enables the player to think of distance in new ways, and his health is the highest in the game. He sits at 1100 health, whilst Zangief is in second place with 1050.
As opposed to his fellow Mad Gear member Hugo, Abigail employs a striking style of fighting instead of being a grappler. With his high health and offensive move-set, his playstyle will be an interesting contrast alongside Zangief. He also is another character with a minor ability to OTG (off the ground). His EX Giant Flip will slam the opponent into the ground over and over for a while, dealing a large amount of damage and avoiding throws and attacks as he jumps into the air.
His animations are fun and unlike anything else in the game currently. Abigail’s inclusion and unique tools will certainly change the competitive climate of the game. The size, armor, and guard break of the fighter will require different strategies to both fight against and as. His release also comes with a story costume and a battle costume available for purchase, which you can find above.
There are three new stages that have come to Street Fighter V. As seen above, from top down, Suzaku Castle, Metro City Bay Area (Abigail’s stage), and the new Capcom Pro Tour stage Ring of Pride.
Suzaku Castle is a nostalgia stage, originally appearing as Ryu’s stage in Street Fighter II. The stage also features the sign reading Fūrinkazan (風林火山 – Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain) that appeared in SFII. The area, which is Ryu’s dojo where he has lived and trained, has appeared in many Street Fighter games since.
The Metro City Bay Area stage is an updated version of Abigail’s Final Fight stage. You can see Metro City in the background, and find Abigail’s Scrap Metal, his garage, to the left.
The Ring of Pride stage is the updated Capcom Pro Tour stage, used for the Evo finals. Similar to the first, Ring of Destiny, it features several characters and elements from other stages gathered around the ring. Whilst the Ring of Destiny was themed after a pro wrestling ring, the Ring of Pride is based on an arena for sumo wrestling.
The last few pieces of content coming in this update are costumes. There are two new costume sets, along with a singular costume for Guile. The Guile costume was chosen by NuckleDu, the Capcom Cup winner.
The sets are themed around sport, nostalgia, and Ken and Ryu’s Pro Tour costumes will also be available. Ibuki, Laura, and Rashid will be receiving the sports costumes. Ibuki has also gotten a nostalgia costume for her SF4 look, along with Juri and Alex (for his Third Strike outfit).
All of this content has gone live now that the servers are back online. The servers were down from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. PDT.