Street Fighter 6 is set to release in June 2023, and many fighting game fans can’t wait to get their hands on it and hop online for some multiplayer sets. Not too long ago, Capcom had an open beta for Street Fighter 6 that allowed players to check out the Battle Lobby online features and get a feel for the game. Those who got into the beta on PlayStation 5 and other platforms were treated to a great time. But what about the other modes that Street Fighter 6 will have in its full release? Luckily Capcom has given everyone a taste of what to expect with a new demo to explore on PlayStation 5.
While the open beta for Street Fighter 6 focused on multiplayer content, this new demo puts an emphasis on single-player content. The demo lets players get the World Tour mode, as well as local single matches and Extreme Battles. Because of this, the demo also doesn’t have many characters to use from the roster, only allowing Ryu and newcomer Luke as playable characters in any of the modes. The tutorials that are included for both characters are very comprehensive, detailing every aspect of a character’s playstyle and unique moves. This is very good for new players or anyone looking to try out a different character outside of their main. Every character in the full version will have a guide that can be referenced when needed.
For World Tour, however, players are able to make a custom character that can be ported over into the final version of the game. Unfortunately, any progress made in World Tour in the demo won’t carry over. Most players will spend the majority of their time in the World Tour section of the demo, which takes you through the beginning sections of World Tour, letting your character join up with Luke and his training school. There is a lot of cinematics that lay the foundation of a story that will play out through World Tour mode, giving your character a possible rival and hinting at things to come.
When the demo finally gets past the tutorial section of World Tour, you’re thrown into Metro City. In the full game, the city can be explored and offer many challenges and side quests to get lost in. For the demo however, you only get to see a very small section of Metro City and are introduced to the mechanics of getting into fights, leveling up your custom character, and some of the quest elements you’ll discover. Running into different Street Fighter characters will allow them to become your master and open up their style of fighting to you. This is interesting and can be switched up as you play through more of the final version of World Tour. There’s a lot of potential to have some neat surprises in the final game, especially if everyone in the roster for Street Fighter 6 makes an appearance during your quest.
Fighting in World Tour is similar to any fight in Street Fighter 6 but with a few minor changes specific to the mode. While you can use Classic Controls that are more traditional Street Fighter inputs, you can use Quick Combos during a match, allowing you to hit a few inputs for combos when you land an attack. Some battles also have you teaming up with an ally against a stronger opponent, which is very similar to the dramatic battle scenarios of older Street Fighter games. The full game will have more abilities and other battle scenarios, but the demo only offers a small portion of what might be.
But a few things the demo shows dampen a bit of the experience, especially in the presentation during World Tour. Although a demo, some sections of the mode experience a severe drop in frame rate and have the occasional pop-in with characters in the city. It can feel like the framerate of the game goes from 60 FPS to around 24 FPS when you enter into a fight with a character you find while roaming.
In the small area you can move around within Metro City, you can see citizens popping in and out as you move further out into a distance. This happens while you roam as well as in quick cutscenes when you’re interacting with non-playable characters. Hopefully, this is ironed out by the time Street Fighter 6 is released because it happens frequently.
Despite a few hiccups in the demo, Street Fighter 6 is looking very good so far. Many of the fighting mechanics are pushing the fighting genre forward with its competitive scene, but also offering something different for casual audiences looking to dive into the world of Street Fighter. Capcom revealed that the first batch of downloadable fighters added to the roster will be coming in 2023 and into 2024, but there may be even more surprises over the horizon. Street Fighter 6 is set to release on June 2, 2023, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC.
Are you going to pick up Street Fighter 6 on release day? Which character are you going to pick up as your main for online play? And are you excited to see more of the World Tour mode? Share your thoughts about Street Fighter 6 in the comments down below!
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