When's Street Fighter 6? What Microsoft's late 2020 new console release might mean for Capcom's next big fighting game

Or Marvel 4... but more likely Street Fighter 6

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • June 12, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. PDT

Microsoft dropped the bomb on Sunday with their official reveal of Project Scarlett, the next generation console for Xbox. While we don't know a whole lot beyond the idea that "it's gonna be real fast," our main concern here is the holiday season of 2020 release date, and how that might line up with an all new big-time fighting game entry from Capcom.

Nothing is set in stone at this very early stage in the process, but some reading of the tea leaves based on Capcom's past patterns for major fighting game releases like Street Fighter or Marvel vs. Capcom entries.

Street Fighter 5's Executive Producer, Yoshinori Ono, is in attendance at E3 this year. We're not currently expecting much Capcom fighting game news to come out of E3 this year, as the plan is only to have some Street Fighter League exhibitions and Ono autograph sessions.

The eccentric game developer and his trusty Blanka doll drew specific attention to the Scarlett reveal on Twitter, expressing excitement and using a winking face multiple times.

Ono is perfectly in his rights to be excited about the next generation Xbox console, and the slightly mischievous air that comes with using the aforementioned emoji doesn't necessarily indicate any additional meaning beyond hype in the moment, but said moment does seem to be worth taking a snap shot of just in case it's something of a hint about what's to come.

You can take a look at the tweets yourself by clicking the thumbnail image here:

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Street Fighter 5 is likely past the halfway point in terms of its competitive lifespan. We get that conclusion from the fact that the promise was support for the game up to 2020, as well as Capcom's bare bones approach here in 2019 (at least thus far) in the way of DLC content release.

We also know that the company is planning on going full throttle in the eSports department, and that Street Fighter is the flagship franchise with which they aim to achieve this.

This leads us to believe that a new Street Fighter is more likely than a new Marvel, especially considering SF5's 2016 vs. MvCI's 2017 release dates.

We can look back over the timeline for console and Capcom fighting game releases to scan for any patterns. It's important to remember that getting earlier titles from arcades to consoles was not as big a priority as it is in recent times. Street Fighter 3, for instance, dropped in 1997 but wasn't ported to Dreamcast for a full two years.

While we don't see much of a pattern emerge in terms of when Capcom drops titles in relation to when new consoles come out, we do see that February is easily the hottest month for Street Fighter titles.

Console and Capcom Game release dates

Super Nintendo - November 1990
Street Fighter 2 - February 1991 (Ported to SNES in 1992)
Champion Edition - March 1992
Hyper Fighting - December 1992
New Challengers - September 1993
Super Turbo - February 1994
Street Fighter Alpha - June 1995
Alpha 2 - February 1996
Alpha 3 - June 1998
Street Fighter 3 - February 1997
Second Impact - September 1997

Dreamcast - November 1998
Third Strike - May 1999
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - February 2000

PlayStation 2 - March 2000

Xbox - November 2001

Xbox 360 - November 2005

PlayStation 3 - November 2006
Street Fighter 4 - February 2009 (Japanese arcade release in July 2008)
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 - February 2011
Street Fighter X Tekken - March 2012

XboxOne - November 2013

PlayStation 4 - November 2013
Street Fighter 5 - February 2016
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - September 2017

We have yet to hear from Sony when exactly the PlayStation 5 will arrive, but now that Microsoft has officially started warming us up for the next era, their competition surely won't be far behind. You'll notice a lot of "November" for console releases, and that's surely because of the holiday season. We suspect Sony's latest will more than likely hit shelves sometime around when Scarlett is released.

Capcom also has its Pro Tour to figure into the equation now. The CPT usually kicks off in mid March, and so a February release for a new Street Fighter (similar to what we saw with SF5 in 2016) looks like a good bet.

If support for SF5 ends at the end of 2019, the company can run one more Pro Tour with this current title and then launch the next franchise entry in early 2021 for that year's Tour.

So that seems to be the best bet given the information we have at this point in time. Things could certainly change between now and early 2021 and Capcom is not at all shy about throwing total curve balls, so keep this all filed under total speculation. That said, how accurate a reading of the figurative tea leaves do you think this is? Let us know your predictions and any further commentary you may have in the comments below.

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