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‘Street Fighter 5’ Characters, Gameplay & Release Date: Dhalsim Joins Upcoming ‘Street Fighter’ Game’s Roster; Official Launch Date Confirmed for February 16 [WATCH TRAILER]

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Capcom has officially included the character Dhalsim in the roster of the upcoming "Street Fighter 5."

In addition, an executive from the studio confirmed the official release date of the fighting game, Gamespot reported.

During a media briefing at Sony's Paris Games Week, game producer Yoshinori Ono announced that the game will debut on February 16, 2016 in North America and Europe. The game will be available for the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows platforms.

But aside from announcing the game's release schedule, Ono also revealed that a popular character from the "Street Fighter" series will be joining the upcoming title.

According to the producer, Dhalsim, the pupil-less Indian yogi will be available in the game as a playable character once it debuts. Capcom even released a gameplay trailer to accompany Ono's announcement.

Based on the clip, Dhalsim will still have the same set of skills and abilities featured in previous "Street Fighter" games. While taking on Zangief in the trailer, Dhalsim displayed his powers through his extending limbs, levitation, teleportation and Yoga Flame attacks.

Although the character still looks the same, Capcom slightly changed Dhalsim's appearance for "Street Fighter 5" by giving him a long and bushy gray beard, according to Eurogamer.

Ono also mentioned that aside from Dhalsim, other characters will also be included in the game's roster after its official launch. These six yet-to-be named characters will be released through DLCs that will be available between 2016 and 2017.

As explained by Capcom, these character DLCs can be unlocked or purchased through in-game currency known as Fight Money, VG247 has learned. Players will be able to earn currency points by leveling up their characters or completing Daily Challenges. These include winning three consecutive matches or successfully performing 10 Screw Pile Drivers using Zangief.

Aside from these methods, in-game currency can also be collected through various online and offline tasks.

But, if players want to access post-launch characters without completing different completing tasks, they can buy them using the game's Zenny premium currency, which can be purchased using real money.

Pricing for the character DLCs and other purchasable content is still being determined by Capcom.

As noted by Capcom, introducing the different in-game currencies is the company's way of giving gamers more freedom regarding the content they want to acquire.

"Players also have more freedom in their decisions, as they only need to purchase or earn the content that appeals to them," Peter Rosas, the studio's community manager wrote on the PlayStation Blog.

"This will also create more long-term engagement, because the more you play the game, the more you are rewarded and can earn new content," he added.

Check out the new "Street Fighter 5" trailer featuring Dhalsim below.

Tags Street Fighter, Street Fighter 5, Dhalsim, Video Games

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