Capcom's got a pretty healthy slate of new games coming out within the next 12 months, but it seems particularly excited about Street Fighter 6. Since its announcement back in February, Capcom has been desperate to show off Street Fighter 6 just about anywhere it can. First appearing at Sony's June State of Play, Capcom showed off the game's new Adventure Mode and some returning characters. Just a few days later, Street Fighter 6 made another appearance, this time at Summer Games Fest, where more fan-favorite characters were shown and fans got a better look at gameplay.
After a bit of a lackluster reveal, and Street Fighter 5 not quite hitting the mark, it seems as though Capcom is really trying to push Street Fighter 6 as the true next generation of fighting games, and its new control schemes are the perfect example of this. On launch, players will be able to choose from two control schemes: a "Classic" scheme, which will be instantly recognizable to fans of the fighting franchise, or a "Modern" scheme, which may just revolutionize the fighting game community.
How the New "Modern" Control Scheme Could Change the Fighting Game Community
Just following Sony's State of Play showcase, Capcom unveiled Street Fighter 6's new control schemes on the PlayStation Blog and its own official website. While the Classic scheme will see players enter combos the same way they've done for years, by moving the stick in a specific sequence of motions while pressing a combination of buttons, the Modern scheme allows players to simply press a button and push the stick in one direction to deliver a special move.
The Street Fighter franchise may be one of the biggest fighting game series in the world, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the most accessible. This new Modern control scheme seeks to remedy this in one easy move, giving new players the opportunity to pull off some of the game's flashiest combos with absolute ease. Street Fighter used to be the most accessible fighting game franchise purely because it was one of the only ones, but it isn't the 1980s anymore, and modern releases like Mortal Kombat 11 have shown that fighting games don't need to have convoluted control schemes to remain engaging and competitive.
Although this new control scheme greatly streamlines the combo process, taking it from a good handful of button presses to just two, this change won't eliminate the element of skill in Street Fighter 6. Just because newcomers will be able to fire up a special move doesn't mean that that hit will land. The Street Fighter series has never been just about who can actually pull off the special moves, it's more about how they're used. Move timing is crucial to the competitive Street Fighter scene, and this Modern control scheme doesn't mean that players will automatically know when they should be timing their moves.
That being said, this new Modern control scheme is undeniably a good thing for the Street Fighter franchise. Following the disappointing release of Street Fighter 5, Capcom needs to make sure that Street Fighter 6 lands in as many homes as possible, and making the game more accessible cannot be a bad thing, especially when the Classic control scheme still exists for veterans. All this new control scheme can do is bring new fans to the franchise, and potentially bring more fans to the fighting game community as a whole, which is always a good thing.
Street Fighter 6 will release in 2023 for PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.