Street Fighter 6 is on the way, and we have a great idea of what to expect from the next title in the famous fighting franchise.
Capcom confirmed plans to move forward in the Street Fighter series in February 2022. But at that time, there were few precious details shared about the next entry in the main fighting series. Instead, we received a very brief trailer showing some footage of the engine, offering a preview of the game’s tone and visual style.
It wasn’t until Sony’s State of Play presentation in June 2022 that we finally got some of the tantalizing details we’ve been waiting for. That included a full announcement trailer revealing some of Street Fighter 6’s modes, as well as a good look at new fighter Jamie, as well as World Warriors veterans Ryu and Chun-Li. More information followed soon in the Capcom Showcase in June 2022.
Since then, we’ve seen previews dropping, public demos at exhibitions, and we have a full list of confirmed releases. So read on to find out everything we know so far about Street Fighter 6.
Street Fighter 6: straight to the point
- What is it? Capcom’s sixth main entry in the Street Fighter franchise
- When can I play? TBC 2023
- What can I play on? PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S
Street Fighter 6 release date and platforms
Street Fighter 6 will release sometime in 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS4, and PC.
We currently don’t have a firmer release date or window than that. We don’t expect Capcom to reduce it anytime soon, as the ‘2023’ window was provided recently. Predicting when exactly in 2023 we could seeing Street Fighter 6 is also a complicated task.
Several main games in the series were released in February, while Street Fighter 4 was released in July, so we imagine the release could be around that time. However, with many developers delaying games due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we may end up seeing a later release. This could be why Capcom simply gave a 2023 window for now, but that remains speculative.
While nothing is confirmed, we think it’s a safe bet that we could see Street Fighter 6 release sometime in early 2023. However, it’s also worth mentioning that Resident Evil 4 Remake is planned for March 2023, so barring delays, this could be the game to fill that gap.
Street Fighter 6 trailer
World tour opening film
Capcom formally lifted the lid on its opening movie for World Tour mode in September. Thanks to this one-minute trailer, we now have a full confirmed release list, which we’ll detail more below, but you can check out this trailer now.
Guile reveals trailer
American World Warrior is officially confirmed to return to Street Fighter 6. A new trailer showing Guile was revealed right at the start of the Summer Game Fest showcase.
We love Guile’s updated design, and it’s cool to see his Street Fighter 5 V-Trigger abilities seamlessly integrated into his moveset this time around. Guile generally works extremely well as a stand-alone fighting style, and the return of his iconic Sonic Boom and Flash Kick specials makes it seem like this isn’t changing much for its latest iteration.
FGC game images
During Summer Game Fest 2022, Street Fighter 6 was playable and we got some key gameplay footage. This 25 minute video comes from Maximilian Dood of FGC, offering a better look at Street Fighter 6 with 4k visuals. Giving us a new look at the Drive Impact mechanics as well, you can see that in full below:
Real-time comment trailer
Capcom gave us a look at Street Fight 6’s real-time commentary feature in action during Sony’s State of Play demo. You can find out more about the new feature in our gameplay section below. Check out:
Thanks to an appearance during State of Play in June 2022, we learned a lot more about Street Fighter 6. This latest trailer has given us a good look at Ryu, Chun-Li, Luke, and a new fighter named Jamie. Featuring a highly stylized paint splatter aesthetic, Capcom also revealed a new single-player campaign, a free roaming 3D mode, and three new modes.
There’s SF6: Fighting Ground, which seeks more classic fighting game experiences, World Tour brings “an immersive single-player story experience” and we witness free roaming 3D gameplay. Finally, we have the Battle Hub, which appears to be the multiplayer segment of Street Fighter 6.
The Street Fighter 6 announcement trailer was our first look back in February 2022. It showed off somewhat realistic visuals – a definite departure from the more cartoonish visuals of previous Street Fighters. In fact, the visuals remind us a bit of Devil May Cry 5, leading us to believe that Street Fighter 6 could be running on Capcom’s flagship RE Engine.
The trailer features newcomer Luke, who debuted as the fifth character in the final season of Street Fighter 5. This young MMA fighter is up against a much older (not to mention much broader) looking Ryu, the iconic protagonist of the Street series. Fighter.
A few added visual touches close the trailer, with both characters assuming postures that fill the screen with color. Similar to Street Fighter 5, so it could be that every character on the Street Fighter 6 roster will feature a unique color scheme tied to activating their special moves.
Street Fighter 6 cast
Thanks to the reveal of the World Tour opening movie, Capcom has now outlined the full Street Fighter release slate. While DLC characters are unavoidable additions, here’s who players can expect right off the bat: Luke, Jamie, Manon, Kimberly, Marisa, Lily, JP, Juri, Dee Jay, Cammy, Ryu, E. Honda, Blanka, Guile, Ken, Chun-Li, Zangief, and Dhalsim.
Of those characters, Kimberly and Jamie are new. In terms of fighting styles, Jamie is a professional dancer, so he has extremely acrobatic moves and skills. It is described in SF6 official blog (opens in new tab) as follows:
“This self-styled Chinatown peacemaker aspires to the example of Yun and Yang, the Twin Dragons. A seasoned dancer, Jamie puts justice and friendship above all else, defending his city with martial prowess.”
Kimberly, on the other hand, is basically a wannabe ninja with a spray can. She has a lot of visual flair and a fun 80s aesthetic. See how she is described on the same blog:
“Uninvited student of Guy, Bushinryu’s 39th successor. Kimberly had an ordinary upbringing, but she’s a true prodigy who graduated from college early… and now wants to be a ninja. She loves 80s pop culture.”
This official reveal isn’t the first time we’ve learned about this list. Shortly after the game’s announcement trailer dropped, it leaked images (opens in new tab) and videos began circulating online showing unconfirmed characters. Capcom later addressed the leak through the official Street Fighter twitter (opens in new tab)stating:
“As residents of Metro City, we’ve all seen things we shouldn’t have seen, but we’re all in this together. We appreciate all the positive reactions. Thanks for the support!”
Street Fighter 6 gameplay
Street Fighter 6 will bring back several return modes alongside two new modes. Fighting Ground appears to offer a classic fighting game experience and will include Arcade Mode, online matches, Training Mode, local versus battles, and more, according to Capcom.
In addition to these return modes, Street Fighter 6 will feature Battle Hub and World Tour modes. The World Tour will offer “an immersive single-player story experience” and, from the announcement trailer, appears to allow for free-roaming 3D gameplay. Battle Hub, on the other hand, appears to be the multiplayer segment of Street Fighter 6, although exact details on that have yet to be shared.
But it’s not just new modes that Capcom is introducing in Street Fighter 6. Drive Gauge is a new battle system mechanic that aims to allow for more “creativity”. This gauge can be used to perform five different techniques that will improve your defense or offense.
“A Drive Impact is a powerful blow that can absorb an opponent’s attack and can lead to a wall splat,” writes Capcom in a PlayStation blog post (opens in new tab). “Use Drive Parry to repel your opponent’s attack and replenish your Drive Gauge. Cancel a Drive Parry or normal attack in a Drive Rush to quickly close in on your opponent. Overdrive Arts are similar to EX Moves from previous games that empower your Moves Specials. Use Drive Reversal to perform a counterattack to get you out of difficult situations. One gauge, five techniques, limitless possibilities. Use your creativity to choose which technique to use and when.”
Street Fighter 6 also aims to be more accessible to new players with the introduction of the Modern Control Type. While the Classic Control Type is still available, the new type will allow “easier inputs” for special moves, so you can simply use the Special Move button with a directional input to unleash your whimsical fury.
Also new to Street Fighter 6 is the Real-Time Commentary feature which sees real-life fighting game commentators (Jeremy ‘Vicious’ Lopex in English and Aru in Japanese are confirmed) lending their voices to the game commenting on their fights as they go along. happen and providing explanations about the gameplay.
Street Fighter 6 news and rumors
A new look at gameplay
Capcom isn’t keeping quiet about Street Fighter 6. Along with the recent cast reveal, we’ve just received over two hours of raw footage from the game, thanks to fighting game legend Justin Wong. Keep in mind it’s not exactly a finished version, but it’s a great look at what to expect, and you can see that in full below:
Works on RE engine
Capcom’s RE Engine has been the engine of choice for most of Capcom’s recent AAA projects, including Resident Evil Village, Devil May Cry 5, and Monster Hunter Rise, so it’s no surprise that Street Fighter 6 is also being built on this engine.
“With the RE Engine, you’ll notice improved visuals in every aspect of the game,” Capcom explained in a PlayStation blog post (opens in new tab). “Drops of sweat will drip down the skin, muscles will tense when used, and cherry blossom petals will float and rotate in line with a character’s movement. Combine this graphical upgrade with the explosive splashes of paint and the stunning paint treatment. graffiti, and you’ll end up with a distinct Street Fighter 6 art style.”
All of Capcom’s major IPs have been built into the engine in recent years, including the upcoming 2023 releases Pragmata and Exoprimal.
Of course, any major new Capcom game for the next few years will at least be the RE Engine. https://t.co/YsuaL7i1b4February 21, 2022
Ryu’s design based on his real-world inspiration?
Ever wondered why Ryu seems to be built like a fridge in Street Fighter 6? Latest version of it is perhaps the widest we’ve ever seen, but there could be a good reason for that.
Fans have speculated that Ryu’s look in Street Fighter 6 is directly based on the character’s real-world inspiration; that of the founder of Kyokushin-style karate, Masutatsu Oyama. Oyama is one of Japan’s most influential martial artists and has earned the nickname “The Godhand” (thanks, EventHubs (opens in new tab)).
Oyama’s iconic form may well be the inspiration for the older, more chiseled Ryu we see in Street Fighter 6.