Street Fighter enthusiasts, get ready for the highly anticipated return of the iconic game series! Street Fighter 6 is set to bring a whole new level of excitement, with familiar faces like Ryu and Chun-Li, as well as new characters, taking the spotlight. Not only that, but the graphics are getting a major upgrade, giving the game a fresh look. With the franchise celebrating its 35th anniversary last year, this is the perfect time for Street Fighter to make a big comeback. So, let’s dive into what we know so far and what you can expect from Street Fighter 6.
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Mark your calendars for June 2, 2023, because that’s when Street Fighter 6 is hitting the gaming scene.
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Unlike its predecessor, Street Fighter 6 will not be exclusive to one console. It will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC simultaneously. This is great news, especially for Xbox players who missed out on the last entry.
Capcom has treated us with some exciting trailers that have given us a glimpse of what Street Fighter 6 has in store for us. In a teaser trailer released in February 2022, Ryu and Luke engage in a pose-off, foreshadowing an epic battle to come. The trailer also introduces Luke, a new character who has been receiving significant attention in recent updates. The graphics in the trailer hint at a more realistic look for the game, departing from the ink-brush style of previous entries.
At Sony’s June 2022 State of Play event, we got another sneak peek at Street Fighter 6. The trailer showcased the game’s hip-hop/neon/street art style, featuring returning favorites like Chun-Li and Ryu. The highlight of the trailer was the introduction of the open-world World Tour mode set in Metro City, adding a new dimension to the gameplay experience.
Following the State of Play, the 2022 Summer Game Fest unveiled individual character reveal trailers. We saw Guile, Zangief, Lily, and Cammy in action, showing off their unique moves and designs.
When it comes to gameplay, Street Fighter 6 stays true to its roots as a fighting game. You’ll engage in thrilling battles, executing combos, powerful special moves, and projectiles. However, Street Fighter 6 introduces a new feature that will make it more accessible to newcomers: a second control scheme. The classic controls maintain the traditional six-button layout, while the modern control scheme simplifies moves by mapping special moves to a single button, depending on the direction or situation.
Another notable addition is the Dynamic control type, which allows for automatic attacks based on your character’s position. Combining close-range combos, mid-range jump attacks, and long-range projectiles, the Dynamic control type adds a dynamic element to the gameplay.
Street Fighter 6 also introduces the Drive System, a meter that offers five different abilities: Drive Impact, Drive Parry, Overdrive, Drive Rush, and Drive Reversal. Each ability comes with unique inputs, making strategic use of the Drive meter essential for both offense and defense.
Street Fighter 6 introduces the all-new World Tour mode, offering a single-player experience in an open-world setting. Set in Metro City, you can explore the environment, engage in fights with NPCs, and break barrels. The purpose and progression of the World Tour mode, as well as the story and character customization options, are still shrouded in mystery.
The Fighting Ground serves as the basic versus area in Street Fighter 6, where you can challenge other players in intense battles. In addition to standard matches, the Fighting Ground offers Extreme Battles, which feature unique rules and gimmicks, such as random bomb spawns during fights.
Street Fighter 6 introduces the Battle Hub, a social element where players can meet, chat, and access the Fighting Ground. Using their custom avatars from the World Tour mode, players can socialize, start matches, play classic Capcom arcade games, purchase cosmetic items, and even participate in tournaments.
In preparation for the game’s release, Street Fighter 6 had several closed beta periods. A demo was launched on PlayStation platforms starting April 20, with an Xbox and PC version arriving on April 26. The demo allows players to experience the World Tour Mode, various modes from the Fighting Ground, tutorials, character guides, and even create their own fighter using the Avatar creator.
Street Fighter 6 is expected to have an even larger roster than its predecessor, featuring a mix of old and new characters. Capcom has confirmed an initial roster of 18 characters, including fan favorites like Ryu, Chun-Li, and Guile, as well as new additions like Luke and Jamie. However, expect more characters to be added over time, following an extended rollout strategy.
Capcom has already revealed the lineup of DLC fighters coming to Street Fighter 6 in the first year. These fighters include Rashid, A.K.I, Ed, and Akuma, each arriving at different intervals between launch and spring 2024.
If you’re eager to secure your copy of Street Fighter 6, you have four different editions to choose from on the official website. The Standard Edition includes the game, outfit colors for six characters, special titles, and stickers. The Deluxe Edition offers additional content, including the Year 1 Character Pass. The Ultimate Edition goes even further, with more character costumes, stages, and more. Lastly, the Mad Gear Box, available exclusively at Gamestop, includes a variety of collectible items along with the Ultimate Edition content.
So gear up and get ready for the next chapter in Street Fighter’s legacy. Street Fighter 6 promises to deliver an unforgettable fighting game experience with an expanded roster, new gameplay mechanics, and an immersive open-world mode. Don’t miss out and make sure to visit OnSpec Electronic, Inc. for all your gaming needs.
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