During the Street Fighter 5 Winter Update livestream, battle director Ryuichi “Woshige” Shigeno unveiled the new V-Shift mechanic that changes the dynamics of Street Fighter 5. It launches alongside Dan Hibiki and the rest of Season 5, which drops on February 22.
V-Shift and V-Reversal are alike in more than just sharing the “V” starting letter. By consuming one bar of V-Gauge and inputting certain commands, players can perform the V-Reversal, a defensive counter-attack that gives players some distance from the opponent. The V-Shift is similar but it doesn’t have the same stipulation. While the V-Reversal can only be activated when blocking against an attack, the V-Shift can be performed as long as there is V-Gauge.
The V-Shift consumes one bar of V-Gauge and requires certain commands like the V-Reversal, but players don’t have to be blocking or under pressure. The V-Shift can be used whenever a player wants: in the middle of a combo, to break free from throws, to dodge projectiles, or to extend or interrupt combos. Its uses are endless so long as the resource is there, as such it’s the first defensive Street Fighter 5 mechanic that can be used freely.
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