This is potentially bad news for Street Fighter 6 fans, as Capcom’s biannual report suggests it could be released much later than we initially thought.
Street Fighter 6 has been a highly anticipated fighter since its announcement earlier this year. While the game still doesn’t have a release date beyond a vague 2023, the semi-annual report (opens in new tab) (on page 2) refers to a singular “new important title”, launched in the “second half of the year”.
With Resident Evil 4 recently confirmed for release on March 24, 2023, many fans have come to believe that Street Fighter 6 is that “major new title” and that the next entry in Capcom’s fighting game series has been pushed back to the last few months. . Of the year. Potentially as a result of closed beta feedback, or perhaps to spread profits more evenly over the next fiscal year.
If true, it would be disappointing for many Street Fighter fans, who are used to the series games arriving at the beginning of the year, typically around February. And given that we were treated to a ton of Street Fighter 6 gameplay footage and a closed beta, it was a safe bet that the game would release in early 2023. That seems more ambiguous now.
If Street Fighter 6 is indeed releasing much later in 2023, it doesn’t bode well for other titles on Capcom’s development slate. The new Pragmata IP was originally delayed to 2023. Now, though, we may not see the intriguing sci-fi game release until 2024.
It’s a similar story for Exoprimal which, while not necessarily considered a heavyweight for the publisher, has been widely promoted in several Capcom Showcase presentations. It is now possible that the dinosaur multiplayer shooter will release in 2024, potentially alongside the highly anticipated Dragon’s Dogma 2.
Capcom pushing Street Fighter 6 back to the second half of 2023 might not be the wisest move for the company. A number of great fighting games are on the horizon, including Tekken 8 and SNK’s Garou: Mark of the Wolves 2.
It will be interesting to see how Capcom’s 2023 ends up faring. As no release date has been confirmed for Street Fighter 6, it’s still more than possible to fill that February slot.
Maybe it’s just the optimist in me thinking out loud, though. As someone who missed the closed beta, I’m dying to try Street Fighter 6. Now, if Capcom plans to release the game even further in 2023, I hope the developer continues to whet our appetite with more beta opportunities and gameplay footage.