STREET FIGHTER 6: The Raging Akuma Joins the Roster Next Month

The iconic, fan-favorite Akuma is set to join the roster for Street Fighter 6 next month.
Street Fighter 6 - Akuma screenshot

The iconic, fan-favorite Akuma is set to join the roster for Street Fighter 6 next month. Capcom announced the news today, revealing that the legendary Street Fighter warrior will be playable on May 22 across PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC via Steam.


Along with the news of Akuma joining the roster, Capcom also revealed that Akuma will drop with three other significant updates on May 22. There’s also a new gameplay trailer, which you can view below:


Along with the addition of Akuma to the roster, there are some new additions that players will be excited about on May 22. Here’s what else is on tap for next month:

  • Outfit 3 will hit the clothing rack for all Year 1 Characters in the game. This includes Rashid, A.K.I., Ed, and Akuma. Year 1 Ultimate Pass owners will automatically receive these new outfits including their colors 1-10 on May 22.
  • There will be new battle balance updates for all characters. More details on their balance updates will be revealed in the coming weeks.
  • With the newest stage of Street Fighter 6, Enma’s Hollow, where Akuma resides to continue his hellbent training. Year 1 Battle Pass owners will automatically receive this stage on May 22.
Street Fighter 6 - Akuma - Still 2 throwback
Image via Capcom

Akuma will be playable in all three of the gameplay moves, including World Tour, which will feature more on Akuma’s story. He’ll also be playable in Battle Hub, where players can apply Akuma’s moves to their personal avatar as well as the classic Fighting Ground experience. Fans can also try his throwback Outfit 2 style as well, which is inspired by his debut from Super Street Fighter II Turbo.

Akuma has these exciting moves in his arsenal in his game.

  1. Gou Hadoken: Akuma’s infamous fireball is back and can be charged up to blast a “red fireball” that gives him more options on hit or block.
  2. Ashura Senku: Like his previous iterations, Akuma uses Ashura Senku to glide on the battlefield cloaked in shadows.
  3. Adamant Flame: One of Akuma’s new moves, where he performs a forward thrust engulfed in flames. This move is useful in combos and for exploiting vulnerable opponents due to its long reach.
  4. Messatsu Gohado: Akuma’s Level 1 Super Art where he fires a highly concentrated ball of Satsui no Hado.
  5. Empyrean’s End: Akuma’s Level 2 Super Art where he turns the Satsui no Hado into a powerful flame and ignites it within the opponent.
  6. Sip of Calamity: Akuma’s first Level 3 Super Art where he throws opponents on the ground face-first and follows up with a single devastating blow.
  7. Shun Goku Satsu or “Raging Demon”: This second Level 3 Super Art can only be performed when his Vitality is low enough for a Critical Art and can be used to end combos. This time, he allows you to see what happens during the one-second worth of nightmares.
Street Fighter 6 - Akuma - Still 3
Image via Capcom

Akuma will be unlocked for owners of the Year 1 Character Pass, Year 1 Ultimate Pass, Deluxe Edition, or Ultimate Edition on May 22. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!

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Overall, Akuma looks like a good, exciting new addition to the roster. The game features three gameplay modes, including Fighting Ground, World Tour, and Battle Hub. Street Fighter 6 is available now on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC via Steam.

About Street Fighter 6

Street Fighter 6 art work

Release Date: June 2, 2023; May 22, 2024 (Akuma and new updates)
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Windows PC
Genre: Fighting
Rating: T for Teen
Players: Single-player; Multiplayer

Synopsis: Powered by Capcom’s proprietary RE ENGINE, Street Fighter 6 spans three distinct game modes, including Fighting Ground, World Tour and Battle Hub. The experience also includes innovative new gameplay features, plus enhanced visuals for every aspect of the game.

What do you think of the news? Do you like Street Fighter 6 adding Akuma to the roster? Who else do you think needs to join the roster for the game? Let us know your thoughts on the news on The Illuminerdi’s social media.

SOURCE: Capcom

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