Street Fighter 6 has real-time commentary and an open world mode

Street Fighter 6 got its first big showing at today’s State of Play, and first impressions suggest Capcom is working hard to ensure the launch version of the game feels more substantial than its predecessor. In the three-minute video, we get a glimpse of four confirmed characters – Ryu, Chun-Li, Luke and a new character named Jamie, whose fighting style is based around drunk boxing – as well as some other interesting and unexpected features.

The most interesting news is the new Street Fighter 6 world tour mode. This is “an immersive single-player story mode” that has at its core an explorable, urban open world that has only a small whiff of Yakuza. “It’s time to experience the vast world of Street Fighter”, the game official website read. “This isn’t just a story about the fighters, it’s a story about you, the player. Find your rival, find friends and follow the path of a world warrior.”

Aside from the footage in the trailer above and this brief description, we still don’t know much more about the World Tour. In a post on PlayStation blog, much has been said about Street Fighter 6’s new control system. Returning players can use a familiar control scheme from previous games, but alongside that is a “Modern Control Type” that basically makes performing special moves a lot easier . Another new addition to the main brawls is the Drive System, which is a gauge gradually filled by running defenses and blocks.

In Capcom’s words: “A Drive Impact is a powerful hit that can absorb an opponent’s attack and can lead to a wall splat. Use Drive Parry to repel your opponent’s attack and replenish your Drive Gauge. Cancel a Drive Parry or normal attack in a Drive Rush to quickly close in on your opponent. Overdrive Arts are similar to EX Moves from previous games that power up your Special Moves. Use Drive Reversal to perform a counterattack to get you out of difficult situations. A gauge , five techniques, unlimited possibilities. Use your creativity to choose which technique to use and when.”

More flashy and potentially impressive is the new real-time commentary. In Street Fighter 6 you can have members of the “well-known fighting game community” commenting on your match. According to Capcom, this will serve to make games more exciting, likely especially for fighting game newbies who enjoy the spectacle but can’t quite figure out what’s really going on. This feature has its own trailer, which you can see at the bottom.

Overall, it looks like a genuinely impressive evolution for Street Fighter. Street Fighter 6 will release sometime in 2023. In a first series, Street Fighter 6 will use Capcom’s own RE Engine, which powers recent Resident Evil and Devil May Cry 5 games.

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