Capcom is already having a big Tokyo Game Show, with some big Street Fighter 6 reveals that include new ways to play and 4 classic characters.
Street Fighter 6 is already looking great, just from the limited preview that we got a few months ago. Today though, we learned about some key new modes, and some classic world warriors that’ll be returning to the fight.
Before we get to the modes, let’s talk characters. If you’re a SFII devotee from way back, you’re gonna love this piece of news, though some of these classics are not quite the men that they were years ago…
Returning to the fight are:
- Ken – Accusations of orchestrating a criminal plot have forced Ken, a former US National Fighting Champion and ex-VP of the Masters Foundation, to abandon his family and business to go into hiding. As a legend in the Street Fighter series, Ken packs a classic move set with new additions that keep things fresh.
- Blanka – A kindhearted adventure tour guide and defender of nature, Blanka features his signature Electric Thunder and Rolling Attacks, plus brand new Blanka-chan Bombs and the return of his Lightning Beast move.
- Dhalsim – A monk and yoga master, Dhalsim channels his familiar fire techniques from past games while also mastering moves like Yoga Fire, Yoga Arch, Yoga Comet, and Yoga Flame.
- E. Honda – A globetrotting sumo wrestler, E. Honda combines old with new, bringing back his trademark moves like Hundred Hand Slap and Sumo Headbutt, plus his brand new Sumo Dash where he moves forward with a traditional sumo shuffle.
As for those new modes…
While the new/old fighters are probably the bigger news to come out of TGS today, there were also 2 new modes of play to talk about. And one of those includes a very interesting new development for the series.
Street Fighter 6 will include:
- World Tour – Players will be able to create their own avatars with a multitude of customization options to reflect their personal styles and flair. As players progress through the immersive story mode, they’ll hone their avatar’s strength through Street Fights with various NPCs and meet masters like Ryu and Chun-Li who will teach them special moves from their own repertoires. All inhabitants and opponents of World Tour never back down from a challenge, and will seamlessly transition from conversation to battle.
- Battle Hub – Players can take their customized avatars into the Battle Hub, which serves as the lobby area to find matches against other players from around the world including online tournaments. When two players sit down at one of the arcade cabinets placed back-to-back throughout the Battle Hub, they can kick-off a match with the whole Battle Hub as their audience. Players can also visit the Game Center to play retro Capcom classics like Street Fighter™ II and Final Fight™.
The modes themselves are great, and having more ways to play can only be a good thing. But the idea of create-a-fighter is one that’s seriously past due, and kind of a big deal. Hopefully you’ll be able to use those fighters in more than just the World Tour mode, but there’s no word on that just yet.
Not included above too, is Extreme Battle Mode. In that, players can choose from a number of pre-set modifiers for their bout. They include both rule changes, and Gimmicks. What’s that? How about having a bull randomly charge through the fight, knocking anyone they meet on their rear ends? Yeah, you can do that.
Additional reveals included a Closed Beta
Yes, there’s a beta test. Capcom announced that an early chance to play will be happening on October 11th. The Closed Beta will also include a ton, serving up “Ranked Match, Casual Match, Battle Hub Match, Open Tournament, Extreme Battle, Game Center, and Training Mode.” Additionally, players will be able to enter combat as a pretty big cut of the game’s roster, with “Ryu, Chun-Li, Luke, Jamie, Guile, Kimberly, Juri, and Ken” all being playable.
Look for that starting on Oct. 7th and running through the 10th. The Closed Beta be available on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam with cross-play enabled, and you can find details on how to join here.
Finally, two more announcers have been… announced. If you don’t know, SF6 will have real-world announce teams calling the fights, just like in wrestling games and actual pro-gaming tourneys. As of today, that roster has expanded to include Kosuke Hiraiwa (play-by-play commentator) and His Excellency Demon Kakka (color commentator).
The former there is a “well-known esports caster”, while the latter is the lead singer for Japanese heavy metal band Seikima-II. That should make things interesting.