Capcom has revealed four more fighters to join the Street Fighter 6 roster, along with new details about the upcoming fighting game’s World Tour, Battle Hub and more.
All this Street Fighter 6 news came during Tokyo Games Show, which officially started today, and if you’re a fan of Capcom’s long-running fighting game series, join in, because there’s a lot out there.
Let’s start with the fighters.
Ken Masters, the former US National Fighting Champion and ex-VP of the Masters Foundation, Blanka, a kind-hearted defender of nature and adventure guide, Dhalsim, a monk and yoga master, and E. Honda, a worldwide phenomenon of sumo wrestlers.
Here’s what Capcom senior manager of social media and community Andy Wong has to say about each, according to a new PlayStation blog post.
“We know the community has been waiting for this one (yes, we’ve seen the memes). Ken Masters is a former US National Fighting Champion and ex-VP of the Masters Foundation. Allegations of orchestrating a criminal plot have forced Ken to abandon his family and business to go into hiding.
As a legend in the Street Fighter series, Ken’s basic moves remain similar to his previous iterations. Hadoken, Shoryuken and Tatsumaki Senpu-kyaku? Check, check and check. His Dragonlash Kick and Sprint from Street Fighter V are now also special moves instead of V-Skills. New to Ken is the Jinrai Kick, a forward moving roundhouse kick that can be tracked with three different options to reflect Ken’s quest to clear his name.”
A good-hearted defender of nature, Blanka has become an adventure travel guide, confident that his in-depth knowledge of the jungle will serve as a springboard to fame – and a comfortable life for his beloved mother. You can visit Blanka’s tour in his Ranger’s Hut stage by the river where village life takes place on a lush green background.
Blanka wouldn’t be the healthy beast he is without his usual Electric Thunder and various Rolling Attacks. But his time selling Blanka-chan dolls in Street Fighter V has changed his movements due to the surplus of cute stuffed animals. He can now use Blanka-chan Bomb to throw a doll on the floor. When Blanka touches it with an electric special move, the cute little thing will run at the opponent in a frenzied fury and explode.”
“Dhalsim is a monk and yoga master who has served as a guide for countless suffering souls. He prefers to avoid conflict whenever possible, but his innate hatred of evil compels him to impose strict justice. The elephants return to the stage of the Dhalsimer Temple where monks study yoga between the candles in a peaceful environment.
Dhalsim channels his well-known fire techniques from previous games, but has also mastered alternative ways of letting the flames escape to cover all corners. His Yoga Fire travels horizontally again, Yoga Arch fires the flameball in a similar arc trajectory to Street Fighter V, and Yoga Comet is fired at a downward angle when Dhalsim is in the air. Yoga Flame is back as Dhalsim blasts a large flame ball in front of him while Yoga Blast blasts at an upward angle as a good anti-air counter. In addition, Dhalsim can still teleport and drive his worries away.”
A sumo wrestler looking to bring the sport to a global audience, E. Honda has the skills of a yokozuna, but his constant world travel has prevented his promotion to the rank. He is also an accomplished chef known for his mouthwatering chanko stew.
Like the previous three World Warriors, E. Honda fans will feel right at home with his move set. His signature Hundred Hand Slap, Sumo Headbutt, Sumo Smash and Oicho Throw return. His two V-Skills from Street Fighter V, Neko Damashi and Sumo Spirit, are now special moves. E. Honda’s new move is Sumo Dash, where it moves forward with a traditional sumo shuffle and can be followed up with more pressure or a launcher.”
Capcom unveiled World Tour in June, calling it an “immersive single-player story mode that would push the boundaries of what a fighting game is.” Now the company has provided a little more insight into what this mode will be in Street Fighter 6. You start at Buckler Security, which is located in Metro City. This is where Luke acts as your coach and this is where your story really begins.
“World Tour offers the most robust Avatar Creation features that push the limit of what a character creation tool can do,” Wong writes. “There are countless customization options to reflect your personal style and flair. That avatar creation menu has several pages of options that you can customize.”
You can choose your avatar’s body type, height, proportions, upper body, lower body, muscle definition, skin tone, and body hair. You can make your avatar look shredded, built, soft, or anywhere in between. There are also customization options for hair, eye shape, iris, eyebrows, nose, mouth, ears, facial hair, cheek depth, jaw length, ombre hair effects and more.
You can freely change your avatar’s gear in Street Fighter 6 by purchasing new gear from stores or earning it by progressing through the story mode. Equipment categories include head, upper body, lower body, foot and complete equipment sets. Plus, gear isn’t just cosmetic, it also affects your strength and other stats.
“Luke (call him ‘Coach’) will be your World Tour Guide as you embark on your adventures in Metro City,” Wong writes. “As you progress through the story, you will meet Masters who will take you under their wing and teach you their style and attacks. As your bond with them grows, you can also learn Master Actions from their repertoire, such as a Shoryuken from Ryu and a Spinning Bird Kick from Chun-Li. Use them to open up a fight, and you’ll start off with an advantage, or some of them can even be used to destroy wooden boxes and barrels, or jump to distant platforms. Master Actions, while useful, do consume Drive Gauge, so always keep an eye on how much you have left in the tank.”
The avatar you create and build on in World Tour can easily be taken to the Battle Hub, another core Street Fighter 6 mode, according to Wong. It looks like this is the hub for everything Street Fighter 6 has to offer online.
“One Battle Hub can host up to 100 players simultaneously,” Wong writes. “Players can use emotes or chat to communicate with each other. Of course, be sure to visit the Hub Good Shop to show off your fashions when you’re on the floor. There are a large number of arcade cabinets that you can find in the Battle Hub. Take part in arcade-style Battle Hub competitions on back-to-back cabinets. A match starts when two players sit on either side. By letting the audience change everything… and turn a mere fight into an exciting spectacle. Watch a Battle Hub Match and witness glory.”
In the Game Center cabinets you can play several classic arcade games from Capcom, such as Street Fighter II and Final Fight. There’s also the Event Counter, where scheduled tournaments are held, and finally, there’s a DJ Booth, where you can select your favorite songs to listen to in the Battle Hub.
Extreme Battle is a new addition to Street Fighter 6’s Fighting Ground, and each of these battles contains a ‘rule’ and a ‘gimmick’. A “rule” is the condition that must be met in order to win the match. For example, a rule might be “the first to win five knockdowns”. A “gimmick” is different. For example, a bull can run through a level and deal damage to anyone who can’t jump over it. Capcom says this mode is for those looking to shake up the traditional Street Fighter 6 fighting experience.
Capcom has announced a closed beta for Street Fighter 6 that will run from October 7 through October 10. It will feature cross-play for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Steam, and it will feature ranked matches, casual matches, battle hub matches, open tournaments, extreme combat, Street Fighter 6’s game center, and training mode. the playable characters, the roster will be eight: Ryu, Chun-Li, Luke, Jamie, Guile, Kimberly, Juri and Ken.
Last but not least, two more Real Time Commentators have been announced: Kosuke Hiraiwa and HEDemon Kakka.
While waiting for more about the game, read why a Game Informer According to the editor, Street Fighter 6’s modern controls make playing rookies fun, so check out this exclusive interview with Street Fighter 6 producer and director Shuhei Matsumoto and Takayuki Nakayama.
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