By Justin ‘AdaptiveTrigger’ Gordon
Street Fighter 6 is currently slated for a 2023 release window. However, Capcom has yet to provide a specific date, month, or even quarter in which the game is expected to release.
As reported by Video Games Chronicle, Street Fighter 6 has been rated for South Korea as of the 18th of November. It would appear that the game has been given a yellow label, indicating that the game is suitable for ages 15 and up (in South Korea).
Comparably, Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5 were both previously rated with a blue label in South Korea. This blue label is a step below Street Fighter 6’s yellow label as it is used to indicate when a game is appropriate for ages 12 and up.
While it’s not known why it’s been given a greater age rating over previous Street Fighter entries, one possible reason is due to the alcoholic references that naturally come as a result of having a character like Jamie as his moveset improves the more he drinks. Notably, Jamie is a practitioner of Zui Quan, the Chinese drunken fist.
Funnily enough, Director Takayuki Nakayama and Producer Shuhei Matsumoto actually stated outright that Jamie isn’t actually drinking alcohol with his “The Devil Inside” special. Still, Jamie’s mannerisms are very clearly references to drunken behavior.
Game titles rated with the yellow label are believed to have representations of sexuality, violence, improper language, or low level gambling. As such, the game’s content predictably wasn’t extreme enough to warrant a red label, which would indicate a game most appropriate for ages 18 and up.
Being that Street Fighter 6’s rating has emerged for South Korea, this is indicative that the game is close to being finished as Capcom would have to show the Game Rating and Administration Committee (GRAC) just about everything that’s in the game for it to receive an accurate age rating.
This seems to suggest that we’re closer to a release than initially expected. Ideally, Capcom could be prepping for the announcement of Street Fighter 6’s release date soon, possibly around the upcoming Capcom Cup event.
Late last month, a financial report released by Capcom indicated that the company only intended to release one last major release for the 2022 fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2023 for Capcom. With Resident Evil 4 Remake scheduled to release on March 24, 2023, it’s been suggested that Street Fighter 6 may release after February and March of 2023.
As pointed out by Video Games Chronicle, games like Horizon Forbidden West and God of War Ragnarök were released three to six months after they received their age ratings. If these releases are any indication, then it seems likely that we won’t have to wait until Winter 2023 to start playing the full release for Street Fighter 6.
There’s still quite a window in which Street Fighter 6 could be released, but it now suddenly feels like we’re getting even closer to finally narrowing down that elusive release date. We’ll just have to wait and see what Capcom announces here in the next couple of months.
Source: Event Hubs