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Valve apologizes for leaking Street Fighter 5 DLC characters, including E. Honda

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When E. Honda, Lucia and Poison were prematurely revealed (opens in new tab) as the next Street Fighter 5 (opens in new tab) DLC characters this week, it appeared someone at Capcom had got a bit over-excited and posted the trailer on Steam early. The sumo wrestler was out of the bag, and Capcom confirmed the news. But the error was actually Valve's, and the company has apologized for the mix-up in a Steam post.

"On Wednesday of this week there was a mix-up in the publishing process at Valve that caused a trailer to go live on Steam ahead of schedule," a Valve representative said (opens in new tab). "The trailer includes the major reveal of Poison, Lucia, and E. Honda as characters joining the fighter roster.

"It’s a regrettable and unintentional situation, and we have already implemented measures to prevent this error from happening again. We are fans of Street Fighter ourselves and we’re sorry for the error."

You'll be able to buy the characters individually tomorrow, August 4, and the next day they'll all be in the Summer 2019 Character Bundle, which also contains an extra costume for each fighter. 

Street Fighter 5 is currently offering a free trial until August 11 (opens in new tab), in case you've ever wondered what all the fuss is about. The trial includes all launch and Season 3 characters—but not E. Honda, sadly.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.