Street Fighter 6 Is Bringing Back Four Fan-Favorite Characters

A new Street Fighter 6 trailer revealed that Ken, Blanka, E. Honda, and Dhalsim will be on the roster.

By Jason Collins | Published

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Following a rather interesting reaction to the game’s reveal trailer and an introduction of a quite hilarious function in its multiplayer component, Street Fighter 6 will also feature the return of four iconic characters to the roster: Ken, Blanka, E. Honda, and Dhalsim. This news was shared by the game’s developer, Capcom, during the Tokyo Game Show 2022 live stream presentation, where the company dropped a new gameplay trailer that revealed the added characters and customization options.

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Capcom had previously showcased other fighters that would appear in the upcoming Street Fighter 6 game, including the franchise icons, like Ryu, Chun-Li, and Guile. The company has also introduced some fresh fighters to the game, like Kimberly and Jamie, whose addition is seen as a significant step towards uplifting and refreshing the story of upcoming Street Fighter games instead of relying merely on nostalgia. However, according to IGN, Capcom also implemented several interesting features into the upcoming game, like the new customization options.

The new character customization in Street Fighter 6 features a ton of different options that would allow gamers to change their character’s appearance, from cheekbones, jaw size, and eyelash color to the selection of clothes. It’s like Street Fighter 6 had a run-in with The Sims, which recently added playable werewolves on top of vampires, alien hybrids, and plant-Sims. Street Fighter 6’s customizable avatars will be the player’s primary character traveling the world and challenging martial arts masters to become stronger.

In addition to new characters from whom players’ fighters can learn and gain skills, Street Fighter 6 also introduces plenty of new gaming modes, including the Extreme Battle. It adds an additional customization layer to the game by allowing players to choose the rules, gimmicks, and battle requirements. This makes for a unique fighting experience that can be further tailored to suit the players’ tastes.

The Battle Hub and Scrap Heap are additional gaming modes added to Street Fighter 6, and the latter pits players against an old truck — the name of the gaming mode pretty much describes its objective. The aforementioned iconic characters will join the seven previously announced by Capcom and considering that Street Fighter 6 won’t be released until next year, it’s safe to assume that additional fighters will be added at a later time in the development cycle.

In the meantime, Capcom has announced a closed beta for the lucky but impatient few, which means that players could potentially get their hands on an early edition of the game as early as next month. Street Fighter 6 was first teased in February this year, and the game was fully unveiled during Sony’s State of Play presentation in June. The first trailer gave fans the first look at the franchise’s new art style, marking the departure from the cell-shaded graphics which were all the hype in the previous decade or so.

As things currently are, Street Fighter 6 will primarily focus on a single-player experience while maintaining and nurturing the high-quality multiplayer component of the game, which caters to all skill levels. Street Fighter 6 is expected to launch sometime in 2023 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.