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Street Fighter 6 release date, open beta times, and more

Find out everything there is to know about the Street Fighter 6 release date as we break down every new mechanic, speculate when the next beta is, and more.

Street Fighter 6 release date: Ryu looking into the distance as a blue light shines on him

Want to learn more about the Street Fighter 6 release date? The next evolution of the Street Fighter series is almost here, focusing heavily on single-player elements to ensure there’s plenty of content for every level of fighter. Street Fighter 5 was heavily criticized at launch for its lack of playable content outside of versus mode, and while this satisfied most high-level players, casual players found there was very little to keep them entertained.

Capcom has taken its time developing Street Fighter 6 to ensure they don’t repeat the same mistakes again. It features a brand new single-player story mode which gives players a chance to explore Metro City as a custom fighter. Street Fighter 6 is shaping up to become one of the best fighting games and, as per our Street Fighter 6 review, potentially one of the best PC games overall.

Street Fighter 6 release date

Street Fighter 6 was released on June 2, 2023 on PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. The date was revealed at The Game Awards 2022. Street Fighter 6 isn’t available for Xbox Game Pass.

Street Fighter 6 system requirements

Capcom has shared Street Fighter 6 system requirements well ahead of the game’s launch, and they look to be equally accommodating as they are challenging for older PC builds.

Street Fighter 6 showcase

Capcom presented a Street Fighter 6 Showcase on April 20, hosted on YouTube. The showcase gave players a closer look at World Tour mode, detailed Street Fighter 6’s DLC plans, and dropped a demo for the game featuring Ryu and Luke.

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Does Street Fighter 6 have crossplay?

Street Fighter 6 features crossplay between PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. If the past two beta periods are anything to go by, players can disable cross-play in-game.

Street Fighter 6 cast

Capcom revealed the entire Street Fighter 6 cast at TGS 2022 in case you missed it. Head to our Street Fighter 6 roster guide to discover which characters have been officially confirmed.

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Street Fighter 6 world tour mode

The Street Fighter 6 announcement trailer dropped at the beginning of June, showing off different locations within Metro City, including Abigail’s Scrap Yard, the underground subway system, and a local gym filled with fighters. World Tour mode allows players to roam Metro City like an open-world game.

Players start their journey at Buckler Security alongside your coach, Luke, as he signs you up for a basic training course. We also know players can customize the hooded character featured heavily in the trailer with different outfits from the Battle Hub.

At the end of the World Tour segment in the first trailer, the main character appears to get into a fight with a stranger, switching the perspective to the traditional battle view. The stranger also appears to be a custom character as they don’t have any general flourishes of a real character. Capcom says the World Tour mode will defy genre labels, which could mean we see some side-scrolling beat ’em-up action for the first time in the Street Fighter series.

We’ve also had official confirmation from the Capcom Twitter account that Street Fighter 6 does, in fact, take place after Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, making it the first game to progress the story in over 20 years. If you want to learn more about this single-player adventure, give our Street Fighter 6 preview a read.

Street Fighter 6 release date: Jamie attacking his opponent with a double palm attack at night

Street Fighter 6 battle hub

Street Fighter 6’s Battle Hub is the main area where players engage and communicate with each other. If you’re looking to fight against one of your mates, head to a Street Fighter 6 arcade cabinet in the Battle Hub and let your friend know where you’re seated.

Inside the Battle Hub is the ‘Game Center’, which houses arcade cabinets containing Capcom classics such as Street Fighter Alpha 2 and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. It’s unclear how many Capcom games will be available to play, but it looks like these arcade titles aren’t just limited to Street Fighter games. Final Fight appears to be one of the games available in the Game Center, which incidentally also takes place in Metro City. A recent Street Fighter 6 trailer revealed Street Fighter 2 will be playable at the Game Center.

There’s also the ‘Event Counter’, an area dedicated to tournament play. We also got a glimpse of the Body Shop, which appears to be an in-game store that gives players access to clothing for their avatars.

Street Fighter 6 modern control type

A first for the mainline series, the Modern Control Type makes it easy to play Street Fighter without having to learn combos and special moves. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to perform a special move, the modern control scheme simplifies this action to just a single button.

Using Ryu as an example, players can perform all four special moves by pressing one button alongside a directional input. The same thing applies to Super Arts, except you must press two buttons simultaneously. As for combos, players have access to four assisted combos performed by holding down a modifier and tapping a button.

There are some downsides to this control system, however. Players won’t have access to a character’s full range of tools if they use the modern control type, and it’s currently unknown how this system works with charge characters.

Street Fighter 6 drive system

The Drive System in Street Fighter 6 reintroduces mechanics from previous Street Fighter games and ties them all together using a single gauge. Both fighters begin each round with their Drive Gauge filled with six Drive Stocks.

Players have access to five techniques using the Drive System in Street Fighter 6:

  • Drive Impact
  • Drive Parry
  • Drive Reversal
  • Drive Rush
  • Overdrive Arts

Drive Impact

Perform a powerful strike that can absorb an opponent’s incoming attack. If you use Drive Impact on an opponent trapped in the corner, you can force your opponent into a wall splat state, even if they block the attack. Drive Impact costs one Drive Stock.

Drive Parry

Negate the damage of your opponent’s attacks and replenish some of your Drive Gauge when performed successfully. Time your Drive Parry right before an opponent’s attack lands to perform a Perfect Parry, creating a slow-down effect to land a punishing combo. Drive Parry continuously drains your Drive Gauge, depending on how long you’re in the Parry state.

Drive Reversal

While blocking an opponent’s attack, perform a Drive Reversal to execute a counterattack, pushing back the opponent while dealing a small amount of damage. Drive Reversal costs two Drive Stocks.

Drive Rush

Dash forward after a Drive Parry or cancelable normal attack to create devastating combos. Drive Rush from a Drive Parry costs one Drive Stock, but the same technique costs three Drive Stocks when performed from a normal attack.

Overdrive Arts

Overdrive Arts resemble the EX Special Moves system used in the previous Street Fighter games. Press two of the same button type instead of one to execute a stronger version of a special move. All Overdrive Arts cost two Drive Stocks.

That’s all the basics you need to know about Street Fighter 6; however, if you want to know who the best characters are, you can check out our Street Fighter 6 tier list. If you’re looking for more great games, definitely check out our upcoming games list to discover something new. We also have a list of the best multiplayer games if you want something to scratch that competitive itch.