Street Fighter 6

As you noticed with our cowl reveal yesterday, one of the iconic characters is a centerpiece of Street Fighter 6’s story. Ken Masters, one of many two authentic playable Street Fighter characters, steps again into the highlight with an all-new backstory. As quickly as his new look was unveiled, the Street Fighter group had a discipline day pondering what occurred to place Ken within the tough state he appeared, with memes popping up deeming him “Hobo Ken.” While at Capcom’s headquarters in Osaka, Japan, we spoke with Street Fighter 6 director Takayuki Nakayama and artwork director Kaname Fujioka to get extra particulars about what’s going on in Ken’s life across the time of Street Fighter 6.

Returning World Warriors like Ryu, Chun-Li, Dhalsim, and Blanka all sport new seems, however Ken is probably the most important departure from his traditional look. Longtime Street Fighter followers have seen his evolution from Ryu’s rival to husband of Eliza, father of Mel, and ex-vice president of the Masters Foundation. Street Fighter 6 introduces the character to a brand new period with new motivations.

Street Fighter 6

“Throughout the series, it seems like his life has become more and more stable, and the team felt like he was losing a reason to fight,” Nakayama says. “But this is a way to create that reason for him to step up. We want to create that kind of plotline that explains why Ken is important and gives him that purpose. The story will be tied to those other characters close to him.”

Typically sporting a purple gi and a clean-shaven face, Ken now rocks a jacket, boots, new purple pants, and in some depictions, just a little stubble. Capcom’s predominant objective, other than depicting an iconic character in a unique section of his life, was to carry again the passionate nature that set Ken aside from Ryu within the franchise’s early days.

 

“The title that left me with the biggest impression was the Street Fighter II series and how I see Ken in the Street Fighter II series is, in comparison to Ryu, who is more stern and serious, I see Ken as a fiery and explosive character,” Fujioka says. “Throughout the evolution of the series, there’s been different kinds of Kens as well. In the Alpha series, he was a little more playful and lighthearted in a way. For 6, we wanted to bring that fiery explosiveness back into it. In comparison, Luke in Street Fighter 6 might be more cheery and a kind of playful character. We wanted to differentiate from that, so we wanted to go with this more fiery type of personality. And there being the story behind Ken and there being a more serious tone to him, we wanted to express that through the character designs as well.”

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Despite the assorted hints dropped throughout my time at Capcom, the studio stays tight-lipped on the particular narrative causes Ken is on this perilous state. “For players who start up Street Fighter 6, they can expect that Ken is now on the run from something, and he is not able to see his son Mel for reasons unknown,” Nakayama says. “He’s in a tough situation that you’ll learn more about in the future.”

 

The curtain shall be pulled again on Ken’s backstory by way of a particular four-issue comedian sequence from longtime Capcom collaborator UDON Entertainment. The storyline will give us loads of perception into what is going on on with Ken whereas setting the stage for Street Fighter 6’s story. Luke may also function prominently on this sequence of comics, as will Ken’s son, Mel.

“This is the first time that we’re doing this kind of comic book series that’s closely tied to the story of the main game,” Nakayama says. “We’re working very closely with our partners at UDON. We’re providing the script and the storyline of what to expect before the events of Street Fighter 6. They’re going to be helping us to create the storylines. Beyond that, they’re even working into possible spin-offs as well, and collaborating with the scriptwriters on the team, so there may be more stuff beyond just the initial comic book series.”

 

Piecing collectively clues, it appears as if Ken is on the run in relation to a terrorist bombing. In a synopsis of the UDON comedian sequence, I study that Ken has misplaced each his standing and status and is shipped on the run for against the law he did not commit. In the above nonetheless from the intro to Ken’s Arcade story, the authorities have seemingly apprehended him for interrogation, with questions being raised about “the champ.” Ken apparently will get away from the bushy scenario depicted within the first shot above and enters a transient way of life to maintain a low profile and stay off the radars of the police. That results in the extraordinary circumstances below which he is dwelling in the course of the time of Street Fighter 6.

Street Fighter 6

We will not know for certain what is going on on with Ken till this comedian prequel sequence and Street Fighter 6 arrive, however for now, coloration me intrigued. As a Ken predominant, I really like seeing him put into totally different conditions, at the same time as hectic as this one seems to be. In the walkout animation for Ken, it appears as if he’s further emotional on this title. Fujioka tells me he desires to carry again Ken’s fiery character, and based mostly on my time with the game, it seems they’ve achieved that mission. I’m excited to see what else the story has in retailer when Street Fighter 6 launches in 2023.

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