Street Fighter 6 is finally at hand and will be released in 2023. This is the next major installment in the series, full of new modes, new warriors, and unique twists in some fan favorites. Iconic fighters like Rya and Ken join new faces in Kimberly and Jamie. Each fighter has a brand new look, and Street Fighter 6 gives the whole style an 80’s graffiti style.
It certainly promises to be a great Street Fighter game, with an emphasis on visual flair and a state-of-the-art comment system. Despite the fact that Street Fighter 6 will not be released until 2023, players have already had the opportunity to try it out through several network pre-release tests. There were several modes and fighters available, which gave us the best look at how combat works and what the modes are.
There is still some time until Street Fighter 6’s release, so there’s still a lot that we don’t know about. As we get closer to launch, Capcom will likely reveal more and more, and you’ll find updates right here on this page. For now, read on everything we know so far about Street Fighter 6, including gameplay insights, the release window, and more.
Street Fighter 6: getting to the bottom line
- What is this? Capcom’s sixth major entry in the Street Fighter series
- When can I play it? TBC 2023
- How can I play it? PC, PS4, PS5 and Xbox Series X | S
Street Fighter 6 – release date and platforms
Street Fighter 6 will be released in 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS4 and PC.
We currently don’t have a more exact release date or window than this. We don’t expect Capcom to narrow it down soon, given that the ‘2023’ window recently came out. Predicting when exactly in 2023 could see Street Fighter 6 is also quite a difficult task.
Several of the main games in the series were released in February and Street Fighter 4 was released in July, so we imagine the premiere could be around this period. However, as many developers are delaying games due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we may finally see a later version. This may be the reason Capcom simply gave the 2023 window up for now, but that remains speculation.
While nothing is confirmed, we believe we can safely assume that Street Fighter 6 will arrive sometime in early 2023. However, it’s also worth mentioning that Resident Evil 4 Remake is currently scheduled for March 2023, so with the exception of the lag, this could be the game to fill that gap.
Street Fighter 6 trailers
The film that opens the world tour
Capcom officially lifted the flap of its opening video for World Tour mode in September. Thanks to this one-minute teaser, we now have a confirmed full starter list, which we’ll cover in detail below, but you can check out this trailer right now.
Guile reveal trailer
The return of the American world warrior to Street Fighter 6 is officially confirmed. A brand new trailer showing Guile was revealed at the very beginning of the Summer Game Fest show.
We love Guile’s updated design, and it’s fun to see his Street Fighter 5 V-Trigger skills seamlessly integrated into his moveset. Guile usually works very well as a fighter style, and the return of his iconic Sonic Boom and Flash Kick specials makes it seem like it doesn’t change much in his latest iteration.
Material from the FGC game
Street Fighter 6 was available to play during Summer Game Fest 2022 and we received some key gameplay footage. This 25-minute video is taken from FGC’s Maximilian Dood, offering a better look at Street Fighter 6 with 4K graphics. By giving us a new look at the mechanics of Drive Impact, you can see it in full below:
Real-time comment trailer
Capcom took a look at Street Fight 6’s real-time commentary feature in action at Sony’s State of Play presentation. You can learn more about the new feature in our gameplay section below. Check it out:
With our appearance at the State of Play in June 2022, we learned a lot more about Street Fighter 6. This latest trailer gave us a good look at Ryu, Chun-Li, Luke and an all-new fighter named Jamie. Showcasing a highly stylized, ink-stained aesthetic, Capcom also unveiled a new single-player campaign, a 3D free roam mode and three new modes.
There is SF6: Fighting Ground which harks back to the more classic fighting games, World Tour provides an “immersive single player story” and we witnessed the casual 3D gameplay. Finally, we have the Battle Hub, which feels like a segment of Street Fighter 6’s multiplayer.
The Street Fighter 6 teaser trailer was our first look back in February 2022. It showed a slightly realistic visual setting – a definite departure from the more cartoon look of Street Fighters from the past. In fact, the graphics are somewhat reminiscent of Devil May Cry 5, leading us to believe that Street Fighter 6 could run on Capcom’s flagship RE Engine.
The trailer introduces newcomer Luke, who made his debut as the fifth character in the final season of Street Fighter 5. This young MMA brawler battles the much older (not to mention much broader) Ryu, the iconic hero of the Street Fighter franchise.
Some additional visuals close the trailer, with both characters adopting postures that illuminate the screen with color. As in Street Fighter 5, it may happen that each character on the Street Fighter 6 list will have a unique color scheme related to the activation of their special moves.
Street Fighter 6 list
With the unveiling of the World Tour Opening Video, Capcom has unveiled the full Street Fighter Starter List. While DLC characters are inevitable additions, here’s what players can expect from a bat: Luke, Jamie, Manon, Kimberly, Marisa, Lily, JP, Juri, Dee Jay, Cammy, Ryu, E. Honda, Blanka, Guile, Ken, Chun-Li, Zangief, and Dalsim.
Of these characters, Kimberly and Jamie are completely new. In terms of fighting styles, Jamie is a professional dancer, so he has extremely acrobatic movements and skills. It is described on official SF6 blog (opens in a new tab) as follows:
“This self-proclaimed Chinatown peacekeeper aspires to follow the example of Yun and Yang, the Twin Dragons. As a seasoned dancer, Jamie puts justice and friendship above all else, defending his city with combat skills. “
Kimberly, on the other hand, is an aspiring ninja with a spray can. She has tons of visual flair and a fun 80s aesthetic. Here’s how it was featured in the same blog post:
Guy’s uninvited apprentice, 39th successor to Bushinryu. Kimberly had the usual upbringing but is a real prodigy who left school early … and now wants to become a ninja. He loves the pop culture of the 1980s. “
However, this official disclosure was not the first time we learned of the roster. Shortly after the game trailer was dropped, it leaked paintings (opens in a new tab) and on the Internet, videos of unconfirmed characters began circulating. Capcom later dealt with the leak through the official Street Fighter Twitter (opens in a new tab)stating:
“As Metro City residents, we’ve all seen things that we shouldn’t be seeing, but we’re all in this together. We appreciate all the positive feedback. Thank you for your support!”
Street Fighter 6 gameplay
Street Fighter 6 will bring back several returning modes and two new ones. According to Capcom, Fighting Ground is intended to offer a classic fighting game experience and will include Arcade mode, online matches, training mode, local battles, and more.
In addition to these returning modes, Street Fighter 6 will introduce Battle Hub and World Tour modes. The World Tour will offer an “immersive single-player story experience,” and from the teaser trailer it feels like it allows you to play freely in 3D. On the other hand, Battle Hub appears to be the multiplayer segment of Street Fighter 6, although exact details on this have yet to be shared.
But it’s not just the new modes that Capcom is introducing in Street Fighter 6. Drive Gauge is a new combat mechanic designed to allow more “creativity”. This indicator can be used to perform five different techniques that will improve your defense or attack.
“Drive Strike is a powerful strike that can absorb the enemy’s incoming attack and may lead to the wall breaking,” writes Capcom in PlayStation blog post (opens in a new tab). Use Drive Parry to fend off your opponent’s attack and replenish your Drive Gauge. Cancel Drive Parry or Drive Rush’s normal attack to quickly get closer to your opponent. Overdrive Arts is similar to the EX moves from previous games that boost your Special moves. Use Flip Drive to counterattack to get out of difficult situations. One gauge, five techniques, endless possibilities. Use your creativity to choose the technique and when. “
Street Fighter 6 is also to be more accessible to new players thanks to the introduction of a modern type of control. While the classic type of controls will still be available, the new type will allow “easier entries” for special moves, so you can just use the special move button with directional input to unleash your extravagant fury.
Another new addition to Street Fighter 6 is the real-time commentary feature, where commentators of real-life fighting games (confirmed to be Jeremy “Vicious” Lopex in English and Aru in Japanese) lend their voice to the game by commenting on your fights in real time and delivering explanations about the game.
Street Fighter 6 news and rumors
Players gain access to a hilarious character creator
Thanks to a recent network test, gamers were able to try out the new Character Creator. It is really deep which results in some absolute disgusts (thanks Eurogamer (opens in a new tab)) that can then be used in the game’s social spaces.
A fresh look at the gameplay
Capcom is not silent about Street Fighter 6. With the full lineup revealed, we received over two hours of raw gameplay footage, thanks to the fighting legend Justin Wong. Just remember that it’s not an exactly finished version, but it’s a great view of what to expect, and you can see it in full below:
Works on the RE engine
Capcom’s RE Engine has been the choice of most of Capcom’s recent AAA designs, 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 that engine.
“Thanks to the RE engine, you’ll notice improved graphics in every aspect of the game,” explained Capcom in PlayStation blog post (opens in a new tab). “Drops of sweat slide down the skin, muscles will tighten with use, and cherry petals will shimmer and spin with the movement of the figure. Combine this graphic enhancement with explosive paint stains and eye-catching graffiti and you’ll end up with an art style other than Street Fighter 6. “
Every major Capcom IP has been built on the engine in recent years, including the upcoming Pragmat and Exoprimal releases in 2023.
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Ryu’s design based on his real-world inspiration?
Ever wonder why Ryu seems to be built like a refrigerator in Street Fighter 6? Its latest version is probably the widest we’ve ever seen, but there could be a very good reason for it.
Fans speculate that Ryu’s appearance in Street Fighter 6 is directly based on the character’s actual inspiration; the founder of the Kyokushin karate style, Masutatsu Oyama. Oyama is one of the most influential Japanese martial artists and earned himself the nickname “God’s hands” (thanks, EventHubs (opens in a new tab)).
Oyama’s iconically squat silhouette could be the inspiration for the older, more sculpted Ryu we see in Street Fighter 6.