Coming Soon: Street Fighter 6

Andrea Gill, Opinions Editor

The anticipated release of Street Fighter 6 is getting closer as we move toward  June 2nd.  Publisher and developer Capcom are adding new experiences with their fighter game series. The new game adds a modern twist to the classic Japanese game design.

Capcom is transitioning the Street Fighter series to RE Engine, a video game graphic design they created, that allows realistic graphics and player movement. This contrasts with the first Street fighter retro arcade game which debuted in 1987. The game will be available on multiple platforms including PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox series X. The same lovable characters like Chun-Li, Rye, and Ken will continue to be featured, as well as many new ones like Jamie, Dee Jay, and Kimberly. Most characters were unknown to the public until the roster designs were leaked on Twitter. Capcom responded to the Street Fighter leak by tweeting, “As residents of Metro City, we’ve all seen things we weren’t supposed to see, but we’re all in this together. We appreciate all the positive reactions. Thank you for the support.” 

The game designers have kept the original martial arts fighting style that fans have enjoyed for years. There will be three playing styles, so that more people can get involved with the game. Fighting Ground is the classic player vs player mode that lets you acquire any character of your choice and helps you gain skill at the fighting controls. The World Tour is one of the biggest changes happening for players. In this mode players are able to create their own character and interact with the open world, a virtual environment where the player can go anywhere with no forced objectives. Capcom informs that in the open world “You’ll face a number of trials and challenges. You’ll come across opportunities to prove yourself in street fights, meet legendary figures, forge bonds, and improve your abilities.” Lastly, the Battle Hub will give players the chance to fight online battles with players around the nation. 

Jony Teklemariyam, a senior who has played games for years, thinks that these new options will “make the game exciting” and notes that he enjoyed watching the videos that the Street Fighter YouTube channel put out. He also said the new graphics are “a little cartoony” compared to the classics. 

Capcom leaves with a word of advice on their website to those intrigued with the upcoming game and states,  “No one starts off as a champion. You get there step by step, punch by punch. Take up the challenge and bring your game to the next level.”