Capcom has been absolutely killing it with just about all of the Street Fighter 6 content we’ve seen so far, and that includes last night’s new trailer from the Game Awards … except for one small but pretty important aspect.
The game’s box art finally showed franchise newcomer Luke posing with a single fist in the air. That’s all well and good, but the character’s scarred face holds a big, open-mouthed grin and one closed eye, perhaps indicating he’s just come out of battle. Anyway, it really doesn’t look that great, and the brawling community was quick to point that out.
As the final DLC addition to Street Fighter 5, Luke has only been around for about a year so far. He’s widely seen as overpowered in SF5, which left a bad taste in the mouths of many, so he’s already not the most charismatic figure on the roster.
Similarities to Popeye the Sailor Man were quickly pointed out after his debut, (he can force in SF5 and this is visually indicated by enlarged forearms) and this new one-eyed attitude only furthers the meme-ability.
— Andre-Antoine (@AndreNYK13) December 9, 2022
If this alleged boxing is the worst thing Street Fighter 6 has going for it (and it feels like it so far), it’s actually a pretty good look. The clear attention to detail and efforts to fix past issues from developers has been palpable since we saw the first SF6 teaser, and general talk surrounding the upcoming title has been overwhelmingly positive.
We did a quick “Street Fighter box art” search on Twitter, and came across some similar opinions… (Warning that there are definitely some NSFW language use.)
Wow… so this really is the final, official box art, huh? The SFIV era has had some rough times, but I can easily say it’s the worst box art in SF history. Just a big stupid meme image of Poochie, the least popular new character in the entire series. pic.twitter.com/YbaxknZgwW
— Matt McMuscles – Hungry Wolf Back on The Prowl! (@MattMcMuscles) December 9, 2022
street fighter 6 has been dumb so far but the boxing….. https://t.co/XV5g4jmwDC pic.twitter.com/VmYgbhO85B
— bc | Lord Knight 🐎☁ (@LordKnightBB) December 9, 2022
This has got to be the worst fucking box art https://t.co/kpPYwqa26j
— TSM Leffen (@TSM_Leffen) December 8, 2022
Street Fighter 6 is shaping up to be one of the best fighting games ever, and it’s the boxing they’re going for. pic.twitter.com/s3kHjoMLKY
— Aaron – Thorgi’s Arcade (@ThorgisArcade) December 8, 2022
Worst Street Fighter boxing of all time?
— EVΛN NIXON TYPE 4 (@EvanNixonType4) December 9, 2022
As much as I like what I see of Street Fighter 6.
That Box Art makes me think I’ll go digital for this one lol. There will be an updated physical release later anyway.
Too bad the “Deluxe Edition” wasn’t a completely different box art like RE Village did. pic.twitter.com/5JOTTk6YrK
— Jawmuncher (@Jawmuncher) December 9, 2022
Well as if they fixed the crappy logo when enough people complained about it. Maybe we can get them to give us some better boxing art for Street Fighter 6 too because it ain’t man! pic.twitter.com/V5twdET7Pk
— Scorpious (@KaiyouScorp) December 9, 2022
Street Fighter 6 boxing is pic.twitter.com/Ej8ZtCP8yt
— Lariat Gawd (@Big_Moe_88) December 9, 2022
Remember when Street Fighter had amazing boxing art….. Wtf is this pic.twitter.com/njitS3vKlL
— Optimus Wilbur 🤖 (@OptimusWilbur) December 9, 2022
APPARENTLY this is the final box art for SF6. If it’s legit…it might be the worst Street Fighter art in the series pic.twitter.com/LYDCXP9uzX
— 🦖🎬 – Tomzilla – 🎮☠️ (@TomzillaVS) December 9, 2022
There’s a lot more where this came from, but there’s good news because there’s a chance it won’t end up being the official box art for the game. Yes, that’s how the game appears on pre-order pages from Amazon to Steam, and yes, there are different versions of it with “Deluxe” and “Ultimate Edition” banners on them, but that’s only listed as “key art” on the Capcom press site.
We’ll still be playing SF6 when it drops on June 2nd, 2023, even if this image ends up being the premier visual representing the game…but we certainly wouldn’t mind if Capcom went a different route, perhaps one with iconic franchise favorites like Ryu and Chun-Li?
Catalyst and I offer our own opinions at the start of our reaction video to the latest trailer, which you can watch here:
What do you think of the apparent SF6 box art? We’d love to hear your thoughts on it, as well as the rest of the exciting new Street Fighter 6 content we just found in the comments.