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Capcom can't afford to repeat SF5 mistakes with Ryu in Street Fighter 6; 'The experiment is over' according to Daigo Umehara

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • June 24, 2022 at 5:22 p.m. PDT • Comments: 38

As the poster boy and most recognizable face in the nearly 35 year old franchise, Ryu is the most important character in all of Street Fighter. That's why it was surprising to see he flailed and failed quite a lot through the majority of Street Fighter 5's six year lifespan.

Recently fighting game legend Daigo "The Beast" Umehara spoke a bit on his expectations for the (formerly) shoe-less wanderer in the upcoming Street Fighter 6, and why Capcom can't really afford to continue 'experimenting' with the character anymore.

In the very first season of SF5, Ryu was one of the game's strongest combatants. His abilities were tuned way up early on, but the game evolved heavily (both on macro and micro fronts) very quickly, and Ryu plummeted down tier lists starting in Season 2.

As the franchise's poster boy, many found it odd that the character lacked the juice that would encourage players to continue using him, and though Capcom made clear efforts to buff him up over the years, he spent the majority of the game's life as more of a punchline than anything else.

"The experiment is over," Daigo starts in regards to how Ryu was developed through SF5. "He came out in 2016, then the experiment started in about 2017 (with the Season 2 changes). And that's to last until about 2023 (when SF6 will launch)."

He continues on to note that he wants Ryu to get back to the basics, referring to the character's "Street Fighter 101" standard style of play that revolves around pokes, fireballs, and uppercuts.

This kind of play style didn't work so well in Street Fighter 5 as so many characters had ways around projectiles, could outmaneuver Ryu in neutral, and had bombastic V-Trigger potential that would all but make "basics" obsolete.

Newcomers so often pick Ryu, though, that having him trail the majority of the rest of the roster in strength and overall appeal is not a good business plan, and Daigo knows this. He feels Capcom realizes it fully as well, and is making sure to make Ryu as alluring as possible to players in Street Fighter 6.

Take a look at what Daigo has to say via FGC Translated's video below, and then let us know what you think of Ryu thus far in SF6 as well as how good you feel he'll be once the game actually drops.

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