Capcom’s Street Fighter 6 is slated to release at some point in 2023. Though much of Street Fighter 6 was revealed with the semi-recent trailer, we still have at least six months of character reveals ahead of us before the game is officially released.
In an interview with IGN Japan, Director Takayuki Nakayama discussed how the developers are attempting to maintain a familiar fun factor regarding how they design characters in Street Fighter 6. As always, translations have been handled by our very own Nicholas “MajinTenshinhan” Taylor.
“We went through a lot of challenges, so we’re looking forward to sharing information that will make you go ‘Wow, they’ve got THIS kind of character in the game!’ exclaimed Nakayama during the interview.
As of right now, those revealed for Street Fighter 6’s roster are Ryu, Luke, Chun-Li, newcomer Jamie and Guile. Jamie is a particularly interesting fighter as he is practitioner of drunken boxing.
Unique to Jamie, he has a drink system going where he is able to unlock new moves and make improvements to his moves by drinking a special beverage, but it’s apparently not alcohol. There’s never quite been a character like Jamie in a Street Fighter game, though this archetype has appeared in other fighters before.
Of course, if you’ve been keeping up with rumors, then you might already know the full base roster based on what was leaked not too long ago. For better or worse, Nakayama has already discreetly confirmed the legitimacy of the leak. Then again, Guile’s appearance in the trailer alone would’ve been enough to tell us all we needed to know about this leak.
However, it seems that the developers aren’t just looking into adding new kinds of characters into Street Fighter 6. They’re apparently taking a close look at what made characters fun in previous entries and bringing that over into Street Fighter 6.
“We don’t want the fun stuff that’s been part of the characters so far to go to waste,” continued Nakayama. “So with Ryu, his Denjin Renki (V-Trigger 1) from Street Fighter 5 is in this game, but with a down, down punch motion instead.”
Indeed, the new Denjin Charge special can be used to enhance the next usage of a fireball or the Hashogeki. It’ll be important to remember that this will only enhance one usage of the next fireball or Hashogeki before Ryu will need to use the Denjin Charge again.
Similarly, Guile has adopted a number of his traits from Street Fighter 5 despite the lack of a V-Skill or V-Trigger system in Street Fighter 6. The Sonic Blade has been converted from a V-Skill into a special move in Guile’s kit while his Solid Puncher went from being his V-Trigger 1 to his level 2 super.
Based on all of this, we should probably expect other returning veterans to retain their familiar and defining traits from past Street Fighter entries (or maybe just Street Fighter 5?). We’ll just have to wait for more character reveals to find out more.
Source: Event Hubs