Capcom has absolutely killed it with pretty much all of the Street Fighter 6 content we’ve seen so far, and that includes last night’s new Game Awards trailer… except for a little but quite important aspect.
The game’s box art eventually showed franchise newcomer Luke posing with a single fist in the air. That’s all well and good, but the character’s scarred face sports a big open-mouthed smile and one closed eye, possibly indicating he’s just gotten out of a fight. Either way, it really doesn’t look great, and the fighting game community was quick to point that out.
As the latest 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 many’s mouths, 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 power up in SF5 and this is visually indicated by enlarged forearms) and this new one-eyed pose only furthers the meme ability.
— André-Antoine (@AndreNYK13) December 9, 2022
If that so-called box art is the worst thing Street Fighter 6 has to do (and it is so far), it’s actually a pretty good look. The attention to detail and dev efforts to fix past issues have been palpable ever since we saw the first SF6 teaser, and the general talk surrounding the upcoming title has been overwhelmingly positive.
We did a quick search for “Street Fighter box art” on Twitter, and came across a few similar opinions… (Warning that there are definitely some NSFW language used.)
Wow… so this is really the final and official boxart, huh? The SFIV era had some rough ones, but I can easily say this is the worst boxart in SF history. Just a big stupid meme image of Poochie, the least popular new character in the entire line. pic.twitter.com/YbaxknZgwW
— Matt McMuscles – Hungry Wolf back on the prowl! (@MattMcMuscles) December 9, 2022
Street Fighter 6 has been dope so far, but box art….. 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 greatest fighting games of all time, and that’s the box art they go with. pic.twitter.com/s3kHjoMLKY
— Aaron – Thorgi’s Arcade (@ThorgisArcade) December 8, 2022
Worst Street Fighter box art of all time?
— EVΛN NIXON TYPE 4 (@EvanNixonType4) December 9, 2022
As much as I like what I see from Street Fighter 6.
This Box Art makes me think I’m going to go digital for this one lol. There’s bound to be an updated physical version later anyway.
Too bad the “Deluxe Edition” wasn’t completely different box art like RE Village did. pic.twitter.com/5JOTTk6YrK
— Jawmuncher (@Jawmuncher) December 9, 2022
Okay, like they fixed the shitty logo when enough people complained about it. Maybe we can get them to give us a better box art for Street Fighter 6 too, because that’s not it man! pic.twitter.com/V5twdET7Pk
— Scorpious (@KaiyouScorp) December 9, 2022
Street Fighter 6 box art is pic.twitter.com/Ej8ZtCP8yt
—Lariat Gawd (@Big_Moe_88) December 9, 2022
Remember when Street Fighter had amazing box art….. Wtf is that pic.twitter.com/njitS3vKlL
—Optimus Wilbur 🤖 (@OptimusWilbur) December 9, 2022
This is APPEARENTLY the final cover art for SF6. So legit…this 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 this 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, but it’s only labeled as “key art” on the Capcom Press Site .
We’ll still be playing SF6 when it comes out June 2, 2023, even though this image ends up being the first visual that depicts the game… but we certainly wouldn’t mind if Capcom went another route, perhaps one with an 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 check out here:
What do you think of the exposed art of the SF6 box? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this and the rest of the exciting new Street Fighter 6 content we just received in the comments.
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