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Rumor: Street Fighter 6 was slated for a 2021 release but has been internally delayed due to poor reception from testers

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 6, 2020 at 7:10 p.m. PDT • Comments: 190

While fans of Street Fighter 5 are certainly happy to have heard on Tuesday that a full season's worth of DLC content is still en route for Champion Edition, they were simultaneously somewhat disheartened to see that this content would not start rolling out for a few months and will not be fully available until the end of 2021.

The reason for this bit of deflation appears twofold: first because of the long wait for SF5 content, and second because of the indirect implications that a Street Fighter 6 is further off than hopes and expectations assumed. A fairly eminent leaker by the name of AestheticGamer (they also sometimes go by Dusk Golem) recently took to Twitter to say that Street Fighter 6 was originally slated for 2021, but has been delayed.

"As Capcom is trending for Street Fighter stuff, though I'm not really a Street Fighter fan, I can mention I know the reason for the unexpected Street Fighter 5 season pass," they start.

"The most basic gist of it is Street Fighter 6 was supposed to release next year, but it was not received well internally or with testers, there's this team mechanic the game was too focused on, the director (who was Ono) got demoted again and someone else put in charge to 'fix' Street Fighter 6 with an additional year in development, and the new season pass is to buy time for that."

AestheticGamer's credibility has to be addressed here, of course, and so we turn to their calling a handful of particulars concerning Capcom's Resident Evil 8.

They posted tweets claiming that "Beast Men" werewolves would be in the upcoming title (a type of enemy that indeed showed up in the trailer and has not been in any main Resident Evil entry to date) as well as discussing happenings and issues in the development process.

This earned AG something of a reputation when it comes to Capcom franchise insider information. They went on to say more about the progress as well as claim that Street Fighter 5 Executive Producer, Yoshinori Ono, had been replaced as director for Street Fighter 6.

Capcom's Roadmap for SF5's Fifth and Final Season

"For what it's worth, I've heard the extra year & new director/fixes & direction they've taken it have been doing wonders. [Ono] was the director for SF6, but the game didn't come out good. The new director I don't know much about, but hear she's pretty well known in the fighting game community, brought some really cool ideas to fix the game with what was there," continues AestheticGamer.

Given what we have seen thus far and what we know already, this scenario doesn't seem all that farfetched. Champion Edition, which rolled out in February, seemed like a pretty good ending place for SF5's journey. This would leave us with a 40 character roster, freshly added secondary V-Skills, and a conveniently packaged version of the game that offered four year's worth of updates, tweaks, and fine tuning.

There's also some data that suggests SF5 may have recently surpassed the 5 million units sold mark, and Capcom directly said "Due to the positive reception to Season 4 and Champion Edition, we are planning to do a final Season 'V...'" when first revealing plans.

Perhaps Capcom had originally planned to depart from SF5 and transition more wholly to SF6, but complications from COVID-19 may have caused significant delays. Knowing all too well the ramifications of rushing a Street Fighter game out before it's ready, the company could have found itself with a bit of a vacuum in terms of content to release.

Pair this with the rumors AG has been sharing and that vacuum is starting to look bigger and bigger, so perhaps a fix is to roll out one more, very stretched out, season of content for SF5... especially if it's doing well.

This accounts for the noticeably long and drawn out timetable for Season 5 releases as well as the "CPT 2022" SF5 content that seems to imply another two years of the title being on the Pro Tour.

We actually spoke a bit about some of these points on the most recent episode of the EventHubs Podcast, for those who may want to hear more.

Dealing with speculation and rumors always pairs well with a good dose of caution and open-mindedness so... take this all with a grain of salt. We'd love to hear your thoughts and reactions to all of this in the comments.

Banner image credit Capcom IR. Thank you to Enkil for the tip.

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