Street Fighter 5 Teases Cody, Names Him New Metro City Mayor

Street Fighter V's next Season 3 character is Final Fight's Cody, but Capcom apparently has shaken up some of its lore to prepare for his return.


Combo Breaker 2018 is leading the crop of esports events going down this weekend. (In fact, as of this writing, there's a pretty epic Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Top 8 going down right now.) But as Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition whittles down to its Top 8, the folks at Capcom have teased the game's next character.

For those who can't see the embedded tweet above, the letter reads:

May 26, 2018

Dear Mayor Cody,

Before I start, just know I'm only sending this because I was required to -- something about the old mayor welcoming in the new one -- so don't think I'm over past differences. When I first met you, I was unsure if you could abandon your ruffian ways, and I was right. You got yourself in prison more times than I cared to keep track of. However, let me remind you that Metro City needs someone they can believe in, someone that will carry on my duties, and someone with a proven track record of bringing justice to the streets. That someone happens to be you.

Remember to note close yourself off from the calls of the city. Instead, alter the chaotic winds surrounding your previous life and reach out to bring peace to this city we call home. Take this opportunity to keep the trust you earned when we took down the Mad Gear Gang.

Of course, I was never one to shy away from going hard on those who would resort to physical violence, but I only used my fists when absolutely necessary. I understand you have a tendency to go a few steps further than just your fists, but only use these other tools when the situation demands it.

Knowing you, this change may prove difficult at first, but I believe in you. If I didn't, I wouldn't have gotten you out of that rut of yours. Don't disappoint me. Don't disappoint Metro City.

Mike Haggar

This is Capcom's official tease for Street Fighter V's next Season 3 character, Final Fight's Cody, making his return from Street Fighter IV. The original Season 3 trailer indicated that Cody was fresh out of prison, but this letter goes a step further and points to Cody outright taking over as Mayor of Metro City in place of long-time mayor Haggar. In terms of lore, this is a cool little easter egg that not only points to the future of Street Fighter, but also the future of the Final Fight series, should Capcom ever opt to revisit it.

Look for more from Cody, potentially as early as Sunday's Combo Breaker Top 8. Shacknews will be ready to cover this new character, as we have for several past character releases.

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