It is onerous to disregard the massive Avenue Fighter 6 leak that surfaced earlier this month that seemingly unveiled the sport’s launch roster shortly after the primary gameplay trailer dropped. Whereas everyone seems to be not sure if what we noticed is the true deal, the art work depicting what seems to be like the complete forged on day one definitely appears convincing.
Now, we do not wish to delve a lot into the specifics of the leak, however as an alternative wish to discuss a attainable ripple impact we would see post-launch. Avenue Fighter 6’s potential leaked roster goes heavy-handed on newcomers, and this – together with a couple of different potential indicators – might level to post-launch expansions being launched as packages themed solely as Avenue Fighter 2, Avenue Fighter 3, and so forth as a method of bringing again legacy fighters.
Naturally, that is pure hypothesis as we at the moment have no idea how Capcom intends to deal with DLC for Avenue Fighter 6. It additionally goes with out saying that the leaked roster might nonetheless be a faux, although it positively seems to be prefer it’s actual not solely based mostly on the standard of the contents itself, but in addition as a consequence of Capcom seemingly addressing them.
As a fast recap, Avenue Fighter 6’s rumored launch roster comprises 14 returning characters and a whopping 8 newcomers (together with Luke). That is double the quantity of name new fighters that we noticed in Avenue Fighter 5’s preliminary forged, and double Avenue Fighter 4’s launch newcomers – although you could possibly unlock the newly added bosses Seth and Gouken by taking part in the sport.
We’ve not seen this many unique fighters on a Avenue Fighter’s base roster since Avenue Fighter 3: New Era, which solely included two legacy contenders (Ryu and Ken) and 9 newcomers. So, why is that this all vital?
Properly, taking a look at Capcom’s most lately launched Avenue Fighter enterprise for potential clues, we discover that Avenue Fighter 5 had minimal newcomers up entrance, then added extra of their post-launch seasons. Furthermore, some seasons went heavy on the unique fighters – like Season 2 that solely noticed one legacy character, Akuma, make the road up amongst 5 model new warriors – and it felt like solely a small handful of them ended up being massive hits with the combating sport group.
Newcomers Luke and Jamie in Avenue Fighter 5.
Capcom is clearly making efforts to proper the wrongs of Avenue Fighter 5 right here with Avenue Fighter 6, as the corporate has come proper out of the gate placing an emphasis on netcode, the quantity of content material we’ll be seeing in-game, and the power for gamers to specific themselves – all main complaints followers had about SF5. In that very same vein, we might be seeing Avenue Fighter 6 shift the way in which expansions are launched, primarily specializing in having fan-favorite returning fighters as these we pay for as an alternative of a whole lot of newcomers that find yourself being extra of of venture.
One factor the group shortly seen about Avenue Fighter 6 is the push to not solely revamp a few of the tried and true sport mechanics from previous video games, however to pay tribute to the earlier video games within the franchise. We see this in not solely assaults, however even varied character poses which have been confirmed to be pulled straight from video games like Avenue Fighter 2.
Drive Impression seems to be prefer it was closely impressed by Avenue Fighter 4’s Focus Assault, whereas parries are clearly borrowed from the Avenue Fighter 3 sequence (and Avenue Fighter 5). There are flavors of Avenue Fighter Alpha 3 within the sport too, and even a little bit of Capcom vs. SNK 2. It actually looks like Capcom is taking fan-favorite items of traditional titles, enhancing on them, and utilizing them as instruments to construct up a completely new id with Avenue Fighter 6 whereas celebrating the franchise as an entire.
And but, the sport’s potential launch roster does not appear to comply with go well with. The returning fighters consist primarily of Avenue Fighter 2 representatives, with solely 4 of them being outliers.
Dee Jay is reportedly returning and hasn’t been in a sport since Tremendous Avenue Fighter 4 – although he too is technically a Avenue Fighter 2 rep, albeit from one of many later expansions. The opposite three are Juri (Avenue Fighter 4), and Ed and Rashid, each Avenue Fighter 5 unique fighters.
This forged appears suspiciously dialed in, particularly contemplating extensively standard characters like Ibuki (Avenue Fighter 3) and Sakura (Avenue Fighter Alpha) are absent. No Avenue Fighter 3 and Avenue Fighter Alpha contenders appears very odd, and even then, we solely have two characters included from Avenue Fighter 5 and one from Avenue Fighter 4.
Legacy character Chun-Li returns with a brand new look.
It looks like this leaves fairly a little bit of room to dip into these iconic video games for future content material, and based mostly on a few of the issues we’re already seeing with Avenue Fighter 6, it is attainable we get expansions that blatantly revisit the video games that make up the franchise’s legacy.
2022 additionally occurs to be the thirty fifth anniversary of the Avenue Fighter sequence, and this may be a possible trace at themed character expansions as the corporate is undoubtedly desirous to honor their legacy. It could be fairly slick to see an announcement in the direction of the tip of this yr revealing a roadmap that reveals character passes for Avenue Fighter 3, Avenue Fighter 4, Avenue Fighter 5, an Avenue Fighter Alpha, and maybe some fighter silhouettes for the primary pack that can turn out to be out there after launch.
Avenue Fighter 6 is slated for a someday launch in 2023. Capcom has gone quiet on the brand new data entrance in the meanwhile, however we suspect we’ll see extra round Evo time or later this yr.