Well hello there, rugged Ryu. Did you lose your razor blade? I don’t mind.

What you’re seeing above is not Joe Manganiello, contrary to what it may seem. Actually, it’s the special Gamestop “Battle Costume” pre-order skin for Street Fighter V. Here’s another look:

Normally, we’re pretty wary of posting about pre-order incentives, but this new Ryu is simply too hot not to share. I swear—my Twitter feed right now is just, tons of people salivating over bearded Ryu, which is funny given that, in terms of looks at least, he’s normally one of the most unremarkable characters in Street Fighter. But throw in a beard? Suddenly everyone is screaming “DADDY!!” at this digital person. Well god damn. Really though, look at the keyword “Ryu” on Twitter right now. “Hot Ryu” is trending in some places. The thirst is real, and only a Hadoken can cure it, people.

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Oh yeah. There are other pre-order bonuses too. You can read about them here, if you’d like. They’re not as handsome as lumbersexual Ryu though, so who cares, really?


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