Arguably, no Street Fighter character has seen his stock rise more over the past couple of years than Zangief. Between getting some top-level tournament play from competitors like Darryl "Snake Eyez" Lewis and appearing in a memorable cameo role in Wreck-It Ralph, there's never been a better time for the Russian bear. And given that Street Fighter V is seeing its fair share of grapplers, it only makes sense that the best among them be the next returning character.
Capcom confirmed Zangief's return earlier today with a new trailer. He can be found delivering some of his signature moves, like the spinning pile driver and other hard-hitting wrestling moves. He even appears to bring in some aspects of his Ultra Street Fighter IV character into the arena, as he can be seen absorbing hits Red Focus-style before delivering a world of hurt with unstoppable tornado lariats and a devastating back suplex.
Street Fighter V is still set to get a cross-play beta across PlayStation 4 and PC in the near future. Look for the game to release on both of those platforms in Spring 2016.
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Oh man, Zangief looks fantastic in SFV! Awesome detail and animation.