Capcom’s countdown was leading up to the next entry in the long-running Street Fighter series: Street Fighter 6. We only have a nifty teaser, but there are already a few new things we can glean. Here are all the cool things in the Street Fighter 6 teaser we found.
Street Fighter 6 teaser preview: impressions and predictions
The Street Fighter 6 teaser begins with close-ups of a grizzled Ryu. The focus is on the sweat and the texture of her scarred skin. He looks pretty wide now, and absolutely hitched up. He has the “hot Ryu” look from one of his SFV suits: no shirt, a big beard, and even bigger muscles.
His opponent ? Luke, the latest fighter in Street Fighter V. The two are lit from the darkness by spotlights. Looks like they’re in some kind of arena.
Hip hop music starts playing as they both prepare for their fight. Both Luke and Ryu strike a pose with a respective style of ink. Luke has a colorful contrast pattern with printed rosettes that look like a comic book, while Ryu is the familiar Japanese ink brush style.
Luke eventually throws a punch, and the teaser ends with an all-new logo for Street Fighter: the letters “SF” in a hexagonal frame, with a six that looks like an unread notification if I’m being candid. Notably, six is in Arabic numerals and not Roman like all the other games in the series.
It’s a massive departure from the original iconography, but with Luke in mind, I can’t help but think the logo is also reminiscent of a mixed martial arts ring. We watch them fight from all angles, as if we were spectators in the ring. The lighting, music and camerawork all point to an MMA theme.
Mixed martial arts and fighting games have the same roots. by Bruce Lee Enter the dragon is the direct inspiration of Street Fighter and the fighting game genre as a whole, and the man’s own fighting philosophy lies at the heart of MMA fighting and popularized the concept.
Both are grounds for cultural pride and understanding, as different fighting styles and philosophies collide and ultimately enrich each other. That aside, at the end of the day, you just need to have a group of different style fighters from around the world to battle it out in an arena. This is a perfect pattern for Street Fighter.
There must also be some significance for Ryu, the first character in Street Fighter, facing off against Luke, the last in the franchise. Given Street Fighter V’s criticism of sparse launch content, hopefully this is a sign that every character will finally be represented.
Luke throws the first punch, against the show’s poster child who looks much older than before. There’s definitely a contrast between old and new, right down to the modern pop-art motif that Luke’s ink pattern evokes versus Ryu’s traditional ink brushing.
Could it be Capcom making a concerted effort to push Street Fighter further? There are so many possibilities. It would amaze me if Street Fighter made the jump to 3D, and the more I watch the trailer the more I want something like that. Luke is revealed as the camera moves behind Ryu’s back, but I could read too much.
For long-running franchises, it’s easy to lose sight of the future and just focus on nostalgia and what works. That’s not what I get out of it. It’s the most different Street Fighter I’ve ever felt, and that modern feeling excites me for the future. I can’t wait to get my hands on Street Fighter 6.