Fighting EX Layer has revealed two more characters for its roster, and its plans for including DLC characters – assuming the game sells well enough.
The two new characters are only shown briefly, and while they’re returning characters, you’d be remiss if you were a fan of the original Street Fighter EX games but didn’t recognize them. Hayate, who wields a sword during some of his special moves and supers, sports a very different look, wearing a jacket, t-shirt, and jeans instead of the more traditional garb he wore in EX2. Nanase, introduced in EX3, returns as Sanane (“Nanase” backwards in Japanese), and also sports more modern clothes. She also wields a naginata instead of a bo staff.
In addition to the new characters, developer Arika founder Akira Nishitani outlined a few other plans for the game. First, the game will have another mode beyond arcade, training, versus, and online modes, but didn’t reveal what that would be.
Second, Nishitani said the team has plans to release DLC characters after Fighting EX Layer’s launch, but only if the game sells well enough. “If we don’t reach our target in the first month after release, then [my company] won’t make the new characters for me,” he said. We then see sketches of a handful of potential DLC characters, all of them familiar faces for EX fans like Sharon, Area, Vulcan Rosso, and Pullum. Considering the revelation of DLC characters, it’s likely Hayate and Sanane are the last two characters on the main roster.
The trailer then shifts gears for an April Fool’s joke, showing off SNK’s Yasuyuuki Oda as Savage Reign’s Sho Hayate as a joke character.
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