No footage of Akira in Street Fighter 5 was shown, but Street Fighter 5 Director Takayuki Nakayama said: “The battles in Rival Schools have something unique about them that we also want to incorporate.” Producer Shuhei Matsumoto added that they have some unique Rival Schools gimmicks planned as well.
The only character that we did get an in-progress look at was Dan, who is as you’d expect: appropriately goofy. He still stumbles a bit when he tries to throw an opponent, his Gadoken still peters out after going just a short distance, and he of course still has his rolling taunts.
Nakayama-san and Matsumoto-san also shared a Street Fighter 5 Season 5 roadmap that details the next year of content drops. Dan will release in Winter 2020 along with the Capcom Pro Tour 2021 stage, and an update that changes up the battle balance and adds a new battle mechanic. That substantial update will be followed by Rose in Spring 2021, then Oro and Akira in Summer 2021, and capped off with an unannounced character in Fall 2021, along with the next Capcom Pro Tour Stage and another change to the battle balance.
Mitchell Saltzman is an Editorial Producer at IGN who is a lifelong fan of fighting games and is very sad that Makoto is still not part of Street Fighter 5.