We already know Street Fighter 5 (opens in new tab) will get six DLC characters in its first year after release, but you can stop trying to identify those silhouettes now. Members of the Shoryuken (opens in new tab) forums have extracted a bounty of details from datamining the latest beta, and they've revealed seven very likely candidates to join the Street Fighter 5 roster (opens in new tab).
Along with voice files naming Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and the rest of the confirmed fighters are six previously featured world warriors: Alex, Guile, Ibuki, Balrog, Juri, and Urien; check out the gallery above if you need a primer on who those people are, exactly. That lines up nicely with Capcom's initial plans to release six characters as DLC (opens in new tab). There's also a voice file for another, unknown fighter named "Fan," who may be a new character intended for the initial lineup.
Whoever the six DLC characters turn out to be, you'll never have to spend money (opens in new tab) to unlock them - as long as you keep the in-game Fight Money flowing. Just in case your dreams of "gitting gud" are dashed by reality when Street Fighter 5 hits PC and PS4 on February 16, 2016, you can also spend Real Money to unlock them.
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Alex was the main character in Street Fighter 3. Despite that starring role, the Hulk Hogan-inspired grappler was completely absent from the Street Fighter 4 games.
C'mon, everybody knows Guile. He throws sonic booms, his theme music goes with everything, he was played by Jean-Claude Van Damme in that awful Street Fighter movie!
Ibuki is a lightning-fast ninja who first appeared in Street Fighter 3. She also has a raccoon dog for a pet, so clearly she's a shoo-in for SF5.
AKA the Boxer, Balrog is a heavy-hitting Shadaloo lieutenant who's been brawling ever since Street Fighter 2. Watch your ears
A Taekwondo practitioner with a ki-powers-augmenting robotic eyeball from Super Street Fighter 4, it looks like Juri will rushdown the SF5 roster.
A portrait of athleticism from Street Fighter 3: 2nd Impact, Urien is a (literally) bronzed Grecian warrior who uses lightning projectiles to shock opponents.