As an April Fool’s Day joke with a hidden purpose, Lab Zero Games added a pseudo Filia clone into Skullgirls Encore. If fans wind up adoring her, “Fukua” may become a permanent member of the Skullgirls cast.
Last year, Skullgirls developer Lab Zero Games had two April Fool’s Day gag-announcements. The two reveals included Skullgals, a Neo Geo port of the 2D Fighter, and ZONE-tan as an additional DLC character for both the console and PC versions of the game. While both of these were simply jokes that never became actual items, the team went a little further this year with their April Fool’s Day prank.
As an April Fool’s joke, and comical stab at Capcom’s recent reveal for Decapre in Ultra Street Fighter IV, new trailer was released for a brand new palette-swapped, clone character of Filia. “Fukua” is one of Brain Drain’s “Futakuci-onna”, and she possesses several variants of Filia’s attacks. Her name comes from a typing slip-up during a development livestream; as “U” and “K” are both to the left of “I” and “L” on a standard QWERTY keyboard, “Filia” unintentionally became “Fukua”. The accident became a running gag, that eventually spawned this new character:
Fukua serves another purpose, in that her gameplay relationship to Filia will resemble that of Ms. Fortune and the future DLC character Robo-Fortune. Fukua is currently available as a free DLC character for both Skullgirls Encore and the PC, donator-exclusive Skullgirls Endless Beta. According to Lab Zero CEO Peter Bartholow, Fukua may become a permanent character, but that decision “will be up to the community”.
Skullgirls Encore is currently available on PS3 (PSN) and PC (Steam). The 360 version is still undergoing Microsoft verification, and will be administered as an update to the pre-existing version of Skullgirls.