Street Fighter 6: Release Dates, Platform, Gameplay, and More Details
With Street Fighter 6, the iconic fighting game officially makes a comeback, with Ryu, Chun-Li, and other new and old friends taking center stage and receiving completely updated visuals. Additionally, it’s timely because the Street Fighter franchise, which celebrates 35 this year, is gearing up for a major resurgence (Street Fighter 5 launched more than six years ago in 2016). Are you curious to find out more? Do you want to know when Street Fighter 6 will be available on your preferred gaming platform? From now until the game’s release, Capcom will provide further information. Here is all we know thus far and what you can anticipate.
Street Fighter 6 doesn’t have a release date as of yet, but Capcom has provided a general timeline. Street Fighter 6 will be released in the summer of 2023, the developer said during Sony’s State of Play event in June 2022.
The newest installment in this series won’t be a system exclusive like Street Fighter 5 was. The simultaneous release of Street Fighter 6 on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC is fantastic news for Xbox players who didn’t get to play the previous installment.
After a lengthy countdown in February 2022, Capcom unveiled a teaser trailer for Street Fighter 6, which featured a pose-off between Ryu and Luke, likely prior to a fight. The trailer held a special interest for longstanding viewers of the series for several reasons, most notably:
- Luke, a brand-new character, appears frequently in the teaser. He was just included in one of the final upgrades given to Street Fighter 5 in late 2021, so that might be perplexing. Luke, though, has received a lot of attention in the DLCs and is clearly being set up to play a significant role in Street Fighter’s future. That is looking more and more likely right now, but don’t worry, Ken and the crew will still be there when the launch happens.
- In any case, it suggests a shift. It’s not apparent if the graphics used in the video correspond to the images that will be in gameplay (there seemed to be a little too much detail, but it’s possible). Ryu is older (and bearded, a look Capcom has already tried out), the models are more realistic, and the franchise as a whole seems to be moving away from the ink-brush approach that characterized many earlier editions.
Sony’s June 2022 State of Play gave us our next peek at Street Fighter 6, and it gave us a solid idea of the hip-hop, neon, and street art aesthetic this game will feature. Chun-Li and Ryu, two returning fan favorites, are among the characters who are showcased, but the open-world World Tour mode that takes place in Metro City was the big revelation. Before a match, there are a few clips of character introductions, as well as brief cuts of various moves, combos, and specials used in battle. However, the HUD has not yet been displayed.
The first individual character reveals trailer for Street Fighter 6’s Guile, a fighter whose theme goes with everything, was shown at the 2022 Summer Game Fest after the State of Play. On his famous airship stage, Guile battles Luke and Ryu while sporting a fresh goatee. He performs a variety of new moves, a super, as well as his well-known Flash Kick and Sonic Boom moves before finishing the bout by straightening his hair.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Street Fighter 6 is primarily a fighting game. You will engage in combat, execute combos, use super moves, fire projectiles, and do all the other things you would anticipate. A second control scheme, however, is an intriguing new feature that can be useful for beginners. Classic controls will function in the series’ customary six-button arrangement, with button combinations performing special moves, but a new contemporary control system makes that easier. Players don’t need to memorize or practice complicated actions to perform maneuvers with today’s controls. Instead, special moves are assigned to a single button, and you can perform a different special move by altering your movement or the context in which you press that button.
The Drive System, which at least physically resembles the Focus mechanic from Street Fighter 4, is the key new feature of Street Fighter 6. There are five things you can perform with the drive meter: drive impact, drive parry, overdrive, rush, or reverse. The Drive meter is shared by all of these despite their various inputs, so you must allocate it carefully depending on whether you want to utilize it for offense or defense.
World Tour mode, a brand-new single-player option for Street Fighter 6, is available. You can freely roam the streets of Metro City and explore the surroundings by putting your character—who may be customizable—there. There are many different landscapes to explore, barrels to shatter, and NPCs that can be engaged in combat. Who you play as, what the story is, and what type of growth or goal the open world serves in this game are all still unknown at this time.
The primary vs mode in Street Fighter 6 is this one, where you battle other players. Along with regular matches, there will also be Extreme Battles where participants can create their own games with special rules and gimmicks, such as having bombs spawn randomly in the middle of a battle.
The Battle Hub is a new social component in Street Fighter 6. Using the same avatar you made for World Tour mode, you can meet up here, have virtual conversations, and access the Fighting Ground. You can play select vintage Capcom arcade games, get cosmetic goods, and take part in tournaments in addition to interacting with others and starting matches with them.
There are currently no pre-orders available for Street Fighter 6, which is only expected to release in the summer of 2023. They won’t likely begin to appear until a certain date is announced, but we’ll let you know as soon as they do.