After announcing Street Fighter 6 earlier in the year, Capcom showed up at the Sony State of Play to give a first look at the game, also confirming its first four characters. Veteran characters Ryu and Chun-Li make their returns alongside Street Fighter V’s Luke and new character Jamie. Jamie is from Chinatown, and a user of drunken boxing style.
This new Street Fighter introduces two brand-new modes in World Tour and Battle Hub. As shown in the trailer, World Tour is a single-player mode where the player can play as their own custom character. Battle Hub is a little less defined, but is seemingly the mode where players can take their custom character from World Tour and fight there. Capcom’s Senior Manager for Social Media and Community, Andy Wong, talks a bit more about this on the PlayStation blog:
“Let’s talk briefly about two of the new and foundational modes you also saw in the latest trailer: World Tour and Battle Hub. World Tour is a single-player immersive story mode that pushes the boundaries of what a fighting game is and allows you to leave your own legacy within Street Fighter 6 with your player avatar. And while Battle Hub – briefly shown at the end of the trailer – seems like just a venue for online matches, it will also bring new and unique forms of engagements and communication. Both of these modes will require a deeper dive in the future and we can’t wait to discuss them in more detail.”
Street Fighter 6 is also getting two separate control schemes in an effort to be more welcoming to new players. Classic Controls will remain for veterans, keeping the usual six-button layouts and motion inputs. Meanwhile, Modern Controls will keep things simple, letting players perform special moves with simple button presses combined with directional inputs.
The key mechanic being added to the game is the Drive System, which relies on meter to perform five different techniques to offer the player more options during combat.
Another feature being added to the game includes the Real Time Commentary Feature, where players have their matches commentated on in real-time from well-known FGC announcers.
Naturally, there’s a lot more coming regarding Street Fighter 6. The game will be releasing sometime in 2023 for PlayStation consoles, Xbox Series, and PC.