State of Play has unleashed a heap of announcements this evening, and for fans of fighting games the most important one will be the confirmation of Street Fighter 6’s release in 2023, and the drop of a full trailer which shows an open-world hub for your fighter to wander around in as well as the awesome graffiti art style.
Update: It’s now been confirmed that it’s coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and PC. Pour one out for Xbox One owners.
It looks like elements of Capcom’s Final Fight franchise might have snuck into Street Fighter 6, as there’s now a city to run around in and explore. Is this a hub? Is it where you roam while you’re waiting for a fight? It’s quite possible that there’s going to be some interesting customisation elements that you might access through here, but whatever it is, Capcom are introducing something utterly new to the series. This is very exciting indeed.
The combat that we saw looks as bone-crunchingly good as ever too, with a hint at a return of the focus attacks of Street Fighter IV, which hopefully shows that they’re thinking about what the fans want and making sure that they’re in place. Famous names return too, with Ryu and Chun-Li facing off against newcomers Jamie and Luke.
Street Fighter V was a great entry in the series, and Capcom have continued to support it with DLC ever since it launched in 2016. We gave it a 9/10 all those years ago, saying “Even as a person whose grasp of fighting games is nowhere near top-tier standard, Street Fighter V is the most fun I’ve had in a fighting game in years. It’s a bold choice by Capcom to make this an expanding platform rather than a simpler game release, and it means that while it’s light on content, you have to appraise its stability, core combat and look to its true form in the future. Based on the strength of the gameplay and performance, Street Fighter V is a sublime fighting game and shows that this old dog still has some new tricks.”
Stay tuned to TheSixthAxis for more Street Fighter 6 details, including its exact release date in 2023.