Zangief returns to Street Fighter V.  The Russian Red Cyclone is returning to the roster, Capcom announced, with a video trailer.

The character’s moves look as crushing as ever and seem focused on taking a hit to deal massive damage on a counter attack.

He can cancel out single hit projectiles with a powerful headbutt, though this does not work for multi hit projectiles.  He can also thrust his chest out during his V-Reversal to nullify attacks.
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“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,” Reads Capcom’s description of the character.

Capcom’s official descriptions of Zangief’s unique skills are as follows:

  • V-Skill: Iron Muscle –Zangief shows the true power of his body when he activates Iron Muscle. During Iron Muscle, Zangief can absorb one attack, which leaves him with recoverable health. If players hold down medium punch and medium kick and then press a direction on the joystick, Zangief will begin to slowly close in on the opponent. Upon release from the walk, Zangief flexes his muscles and hits the opponent if close enough.
  • V-Trigger: Cyclone Lariat – Zangief lives up to his name “the red cyclone” as he spins with high speed and velocity, pulling the opponent in close. If the player taps the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will quickly spin and pull in the opponent. If the player holds the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will continue to spin and hit the opponent multiple times.

Street Fighter V is in development for PS4 and Windows PC.  No release date has been confirmed though it is hinted at a Q1 2016 release.

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