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When will Capcom announce Street Fighter 6?

Mark you calendars for... a date

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • November 30, 2020 at 8:08 p.m. PST • Comments: 80

It is becoming quite apparent that Street Fighter 6 is a good ways into development, but Capcom has yet to actually announce or talk about the project as Street Fighter 5 approaches its fifth birthday.

Considering we don't have an official reveal yet, it's impossible to hammer down and know what Street Fighter 6 will be this early on. That said, there are plenty of tea leaves to read that can zone us in on when and where to look forward to thanks to Capcom's fairly strict ways they show off big titles for the first time.

While we may not be fortune tellers like Menat, this past console generation had a very similar pattern for the vast majority of Capcom's biggest games which is now continuing into the era of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

The company has a very limited amount of "venues" they actually announce titles for by relying on a few partners in particular.

E3 had been Capcom's big go-to for mutli-platform announcements with Monster Hunter: World, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 7 and Devil May Cry 5 all making their debut on the world stage between both Sony and Microsoft.

Though the publisher would probably love to keep revealing their next big thing in front of the most eyes possible, E3's future remains very unclear at this point after the cancellation of the 2020 event and the continuation of the pandemic keeping all offline events shuttered.

Sony's streams now appear to be Capcom's number one choice over the past year or so since Resident Evil 3's remake was unveiled during a State of Play and then Resident Evil Village in a PlayStation 5 showcase. Even the last PS5 pre-release stream featured Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition and more RE8 footage.

If E3 continues to not be a valid option in 2021, a new State of Play or different Sony showcase event will be the most likely place we'll see Street Fighter 6 make its grand entrance.

Don't expect Capcom to announce it by themselves unless they choose to do so at Capcom Cup next year, which is another option though less probable considering they showcased Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite at PlayStation Experience despite taking place at the same time / place as the SF5 finals, which was also revealed at that even two years prior.

That should cover the 'where' part of the SF6 announcement equation, but where does that leave the probably more pertinent when are we going to see it.

Pretty much all signs so far point to the next generation of world warriors probably hitting the shelves sometime in 2022 with Street Fighter 5 seeing its last DLC character releasing for its final season late into 2021.

Capcom has also stated in the past that it usually takes them around three years to develop a new game which would mean that SF6 would have needed to enter full production in 2018 or 2019, and it would be pretty absurd at this point if they hadn't started by then.

What that means for the announcement itself is that will come about a year in advance of the game releasing since that's another pattern Capcom has followed for every game mentioned up above.

Many of them released less than one year after their initial reveal like DMC5 and RE2, but a longer lead up is probably in order for Street Fighter 6 to give them enough time to market the game, announce characters and hopefully perform at least one beta test in that fairly short time frame. The only big exception to that rule was actually SF5, but even that was only two months over.

If E3 is back and in good standing, then we'll probably see SF6 first in June 2021. Capcom does like to release their fighting games around February though, so perhaps the reveal may need to come sooner in the first half of next year.

Should the publisher and developer choose to release SF6 in the latter half of 2022, however, there's a chance they don't even show Ryu in next generation graphics until after the final DLC character for SF5 launches.

There are a few wrenches that could throw this out of whack unfortunately with the coronavirus pandemic impacting game development in Japan and all around the world which could push things back even further.

Capcom is also still dealing with the aftermath of the devastating hack that led to Street Fighter 6 apparently leaking in the first place. As some publishers have done in recent times, they could speed up the marketing push for the game and reveal it earlier than planned to get out in front of potential future leaks though they've shown no indication of that as of yet.

There's no magic key to pinpoint exactly when and where the new Street Fighter will explode onto our screens for the first time, but if I were a betting man, I'd start keeping my eye on Sony's PlayStation streams starting next year.

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