Street Fighter 6 release date, gameplay, roster and news

Street Fighter 6 is now mere months away from launch, meaning that you won't have to wait long to get your hands on it. From what we've seen, Street Fighter 6 looks to be a huge step-up from its predecessor, with a completely new art-style and theme. The full launch roster has been revealed, and the stage is now set for Street Fighter 6 to stake its claim amongst the best fighting games of 2023. 

Capcom had been keeping pretty quiet about Street Fighter 6 for many years, until it finally lifted the lid properly last year. Since then we've seen new gameplay, gotten detailed breakdowns of the new characters, and even a look at the new single player campaign and what it will entail.

To help keep you in the loop with all things Street Fighter 6, this page will be regularly updated with all of the latest news on the game. You'll also find trailers, and details on gameplay as more details are revealed by Capcom. For now, here's what we know about Street Fighter 6 so far.

Street Fighter 6: cut to the chase

  • What is it? Capcom’s sixth mainline entry in the Street Fighter franchise
  • When can I play it? June 2, 2023
  • What can I play it on? PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S

Street Fighter 6 release date and platforms

Ryu from Street Fighter 6

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Street Fighter 6 will release on June 2, 2023 for PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S. This release date was revealed during The Game Awards 2022, alongside a brand new look at the World Tour mode. New fighters were also announced, including Street Fighter 2's Dee Jay.

Street Fighter 6 trailers

Street Fighter 6 Pre-Order trailer
A new trailer was shown during The Game Awards 2022. In it, a release date was finally revealed alongside some new fighters set to be added to the roster. Returning fighter Dee Jay joins SF6 alongside newcomers Marisa, JP, and Manon.

World Tour Opening Movie
Capcom formally lifted the lid on its opening movie for the World Tour mode back in September. Thanks to this one minute trailer, we now have a confirmed full launch roster, which we'll detail more below, but you can check out this trailer right now.

Guile reveal trailer
The all-American World Warrior is officially confirmed to be returning to Street Fighter 6. A brand new trailer showing off Guile was revealed right at the beginning of the Summer Game Fest showcase.

We love Guile's updated design, and it's cool to see his V-Trigger skills from Street Fighter 5 be seamlessly integrated into his moveset this time around. Guile usually works extremely well as a keep-out style of fighter, and the return of his iconic Sonic Boom and Flash Kick specials make it look like that's not changing too much for his latest iteration.

FGC gameplay footage
During Summer Game Fest 2022, Street Fighter 6 was playable and we got some key gameplay footage. This 25 minute video comes from the FGC's Maximilian Dood, offering a better look at Street Fighter 6 with 4k visuals. It also gave us a look at the Drive Impact mechanics too, you can view this in full below: 

Real-Time Commentary trailer
Capcom gave us a look at Street Fight 6's Real-Time Commentary feature in action during Sony's State of Play showcase. You can find out more about the new feature in our gameplay section below. Check it out:

Announcement trailer
Thanks to an appearance during State of Play in June 2022, we learned considerably more about Street Fighter 6. This trailer gave us a good look at Ryu, Chun-Li, Luke, and a brand-new fighter called Jamie. Showcasing a highly stylized ink-splattered aesthetic, Capcom also revealed a new single-player campaign, a free-roaming 3D mode, and three new modes. 

Teaser trailer
Street Fighter 6's announcement teaser trailer was our first look back in February 2022. It showcased somewhat realistic visuals – a definite departure from the more cartoonish looks of Street Fighters past. The trailer featured newcomer Luke, who debuted as the fifth character in Street Fighter 5's final season. This young MMA brawler is squaring up against a much older-looking (not to mention much wider) Ryu, the iconic protagonist of the Street Fighter series.

Some added visual flair closes out the trailer, with both characters assuming stances that flush the screen with color. 

Street Fighter 6 roster

Street Fighter 6 character roster artwork featuring Guile, Jamie, Ken, and others

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Thanks to the recent release date reveal trailer, Capcom has now outlined the full launch roster for Street Fighter 6. While DLC characters are inevitable additions, here's who players can expect off the bat:  Luke, Jamie, Manon, Kimberly, Marisa, Lily, JP, Juri, Dee Jay, Cammy, Ryu, E. Honda, Blanka, Guile, Ken, Chun-Li, Zangief, Dhalsim, Dee Jay, Manon, Marisa and JP.

Of these characters, Kimberly, Marisa, Manon, JP, and Jamie are brand new. In terms of fighting styles, Jamie is a professional dancer, so has extremely acrobatic moves and skills. He is described on the official SF6 blog as follows: 

“This self-styled Chinatown peacekeeper aspires to the example set by Yun and Yang, the Twin Dragons. An expert dancer, Jamie places justice and friendship above all else, defending his town with martial skill.”

Kimberly on the other hand, is basically an aspiring ninja with a spray can. She has heaps of visual flair, and a fun 80s aesthetic. Here's how she's described on the same blog:

“Uninvited student to Guy, the 39th successor to Bushinryu. Kimberly had an ordinary upbringing, but she's a genuine prodigy who graduated college early…and now wants to be a ninja. Loves '80s pop culture.”

Marisa is an up-and-coming jewelry designer from Italy who claims ancestry to ancient Greek warriors. As a child, she was inspired by a vision of the Colosseum in its prime.

Manon on the other hand, is something of a fashionista. She struts the catwalk of street fighting to become the world's strongest model.

Finally, JP is head of an international NGO responsible for many successful investment projects. He also has a beloved cat named Cybele. JP loves chess puzzles and local cuisine, but hates stains on his clothes, and sleep.

JP attacks with his cane

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This official reveal wasn't the first time we learned about this roster however. Shortly after the game's announcement trailer dropped, leaked images and videos began circulating online that showed then-unconfirmed characters. Capcom later addressed the leak through the official Street Fighter Twitter, stating:

“As residents of Metro City, we’ve all seen things we weren’t supposed to see, but we're all in this together. We appreciate all the positive reactions. Thank you for the support!”

Street Fighter 6 modes

Marisa strikes a pose

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Street Fighter 6 is set to bring back several returning modes alongside two new modes. Fighting Ground offers a classic fighting game experience and will include Arcade Mode, online matches, Training Mode, local versus battles, and more, according to Capcom.

In addition to these returning modes, Street Fighter 6 will introduce the Battle Hub and World Tour modes. World Tour offers “an immersive single-player story experience” and, from the announcement trailer, appears to allow for free-roaming 3D gameplay. Some more on World Tour was shown off during The Game Awards 2022. Players can train their own avatar, taking them across the world to learn new abilities from Master fighters found in each location.

Battle Hub, on the other hand, is Street Fighter 6's multiplayer segment, and essentially serves as a social hub where players can hang out and challenge each other to fights or mini games.

Street Fighter 6 gameplay

Street Fighter 6 gameplay screenshot

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It's not just new modes that Capcom is introducing in Street Fighter 6. Drive Gauge is a new battle system mechanic that aims to allow for more “creativity”. This gauge can be used to perform five different techniques that will improve your defense or offense.

“A Drive Impact is a powerful strike that can absorb an opponent’s incoming attack and can lead to a wall splat,” Capcom writes in a PlayStation Blog post. “Use Drive Parry to repel your opponent’s attack and refill your Drive Gauge. Cancel out of a Drive Parry or normal attack into a Drive Rush to quickly close in on your opponent. Overdrive Arts are similar to EX Moves from past games that power up your Special Moves. Use Drive Reversal to perform a counterattack to get you out of tight situations. One gauge, five techniques, unlimited possibilities. Use your creativity to choose which technique to utilize and when.”

Street Fighter 6 also aims to be more accessible to new players with the introduction of the Modern Control Type. While the Classic Control Type will still be available, the new type will allow for “easier inputs” for Special moves, so you can simply use the Special Move button with a directional input to unleash your extravagant fury.

Another new addition for Street Fighter 6 is the Real-Time Commentary feature which sees real-life fighting game commentators (Jeremy 'Vicious' Lopex in English and Aru in Japanese are confirmed) lending their voices to the game commentating on your fights as they happen and providing explanations about the gameplay.

Street Fighter 6 pre-order bonuses and editions

Ryu throws an uppercut at Luke

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Street Fighter 6 is available to pre-order now. The standard edition for PS4, PS5, XSX|S costs $59.99 / £54.99.  On Steam, you can pick up the standard edition for $54.99 / £49.99. Depending on where you pre-order, you may receive extra bonus content alongside your standard edition. Currently, digital pre-orders grant the following bonus content:

Outfit 1 Color 10 Pack for Juri, Ken, Chun-Li, Manon, Dee Jay and Jamie

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A Deluxe Edition is also available for $84.99 / £79.99 on PS4/PS5, XSX|S ($74.99 / £69.98 on PC), and includes both the pre-order bonus content and additional content, such as a Year 1 Character Pass. Here's what you'll get with the Street Fighter 6 Deluxe Edition:

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Finally, we have the Ultimate Edition of Street Fighter 6. It costs $94.99 / £89.98 on Steam, or $104.99 / £99.99 for PS5/PS4, XSX|S. You get everything included in the Deluxe Edition as well as the following extras:

Street Fighter 6 news & rumors

Street Fighter 6 gameplay screenshot

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Players get ahold of the hilarious character creator
Thanks to the recent network test, players were able to try out the new character creator. It's seriously deep, resulting in some absolute abominations (thanks Eurogamer), which could then be used in the game's social spaces. 

Runs on the RE Engine
Capcom's RE Engine has been the engine of choice for most of Capcom's recent AAA projects including Resident Evil Village, Devil May Cry 5 and Monster Hunter Rise, so it's no surprise that Street Fighter 6 is also being built in this engine.

“With the RE Engine, you’ll notice enhanced visuals in every aspect of the game,” Capcom explained in a PlayStation Blog post. “Beads of sweat will roll down across skin, muscles will tense up when used, and cherry blossom petals will flitter and twirl in line with a character’s movement. Pair this graphics upgrade with the explosive splashes of paint and the striking graffiti treatment, and you’ll end up with an art style distinct to Street Fighter 6.”

Every major Capcom IP has been built on the engine in recent years, including upcoming 2023 releases Pragmata and Exoprimal.

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Ryu's design based on his real-world inspiration?
Ever wondered why Ryu appears to be built like a fridge in Street Fighter 6? His latest rendition is perhaps the widest we've ever seen, but there may be a very good reason for that.

Fans have speculated that Ryu's look in Street Fighter 6 is directly based on the character's real-world inspiration; that of Kyokushin style karate founder Masutatsu Oyama. Oyama is one of Japan's most influential martial artists and earned himself the nickname of “The Godhand” (thanks, EventHubs).

Oyama's iconically stocky form could well be the inspiration for the older, more chiseled Ryu we see in Street Fighter 6.