Street Fighter 6 Has Revealed Its Full Roster
Street Fighter 6's full roster of launch characters has been released, including some surprising absences.
Only days after announcing the return of the series’ most iconic fighter character, Street Fighter 6 revealed its entire roster. According to IGN, Street Fighter 6 will include 18 characters at the game’s launch in 2023, including the four returning characters. The entire launch lineup consists of Blanks, Cammy, Chun-Li, Dee Jay, Dhalsim, E. Honda, Guile, Jamie, JP, Juri, Ken, Kimberly, Lily, Luke, Manon, Marisa, Zangief, and Ryu — whose anatomy was a massive (pun fully intended) point of contention among the fans.
To be precise, Capcom announced this list as the game’s launch lineup of characters, which means that there’s probably a bit more room for adding more fighters in post-launch. The list broadly matches the previously leaked fighter list that was unearthed earlier this year. Still, there are four previously leaked characters that are currently unaccounted for.
The list also doesn’t include the gamers’ avatar character that gamers would create in World Tour mode. Character customization will be one of the more prominent features in Street Fighter 6, with a huge number of options that will even allow gamers to change their avatar’s eyelash color, among other things. The game will pit players against major characters in the game and grant players the ability to learn their Master Action moves and beat them in combat across numerous fighting grounds featured in Metro City.
As for the Street Fighter 6 lineup, the names included don’t come as a surprise if the readership is familiar with previous leaks, but the absence of Akuma, Ed, Rashid, and Aki does. Still, these could be added at a later point during the post-launch period or as part of a DLC — those seem to be overly popular these days. On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that the four would be unlockable characters or even boss fighters. In the end, Street Fighter 5 had unlockable characters that could be bought as DLCs as well, so Capcom might opt to use the same approach once again.
Street Fighter 6 will also get a closed beta between October 7-10 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam, and those interested can sign up for beta via the game’s official website. IGN got their hands on the game and tested it, only to disclose that the game felt energizing due to intricate systems that were built into the gameplay, on top of a masterfully produced presentation. Some of these systems also include the absolutely hilarious feature that allows gamers to taunt their opponents during the multiplayer versus screen.
The game’s Street Fighter 6 Drive system also sounds pretty interesting as it allows gamers to mix and match their fighting styles, as well as the redesigned control system, which was built on top of the old one. Following several controversies regarding their games, Capcom anticipated the backlash regarding the changed controls, so the company took a page from Blizzard’s book and left the old control system intact for veterans who aren’t too keen on experimentation. Street Fighter 6 is expected to launch sometime in 2023 on all major gaming platforms.