It looks like Capcom is taking everything it learned from Street Fighter V and applying it to Street Fighter 6. Everything we've heard about the upcoming Street Fighter game suggests that it will improve upon its predecessor. But, if there's one thing that everyone, including casuals, is looking forward to, it's the World Tour mode.
The new adventure mode for Street Fighter 6 will let players create their own custom characters and explore Metro City as well as iconic locations in the Street Fighter universe.
In an interview with IGN Japan, Street Fighter VI's director, Takayuki Nakayama, revealed that the studio specifically created the World Tour mode for inexperienced fighting game players. Nakayama added that the World Tour mode will feel similar to Shenmue in terms of its fighting gameplay and open-world exploration. Nakayama explains that the open-world Sega title had a "big impact" on him. He hopes that the World Tour mode will "defy genre labels." Finally, Nakayama joked about adding collectible items such as capsule toys in Street Fighter VI as he hopes that the interviewer, who is a self-proclaimed fan of Shenmue, gives the game a chance when it comes out.
Street Fighter V taught Capcom plenty. Even though Street Fighter 5 is the latest installment in the world-renowned fighting game series, we opted for Ultra Street Fighter IV in our list of the best fighting games, and we're sure many will agree. SF5 was just incomplete when it came out in 2016. It didn't have many maps, had a measly roster, zero character unlocks, as well as minimal game modes, and a complete lack of difficulty settings. All these combined to make Street Fighter V one of the franchise's weaker entries.
Street Fighter VI looks like it will reverse that narrative, and we're hoping that it will deliver.
Street Fighter 6 was first teased earlier this year before being revealed at the Capcom Pro Tour esports event. Capcom later dropped more details about Street Fighter 6 at the June 2022 State of Play showcase, including a 2023 release window. Fans will have to wait until then to find out if the Shenmue comparisons will hold weight.