The internet loves everything about Street Fighter 6 so far… except its awful box art

Capcom has been absolutely killing it with just about all the Street Fighter 6 content we’ve seen thus far, and that includes last night’s new trailer from the Game Awards… save for one small but fairly important aspect.

The game’s box art was finally shown to have franchise newcomer Luke posed with a single fist up in the air. That’s all well and good, but the character’s scarred face holds a big, open mouthed smile and one closed eye, perhaps indicating he just got out of a fight. In any case, it really doesn’t look all that great, and the fighting game community has been quick to point that out.

As the final DLC addition to Street Fighter 5, Luke has only been around for about a year thus far. He’s seen widely as overpowered in SF5, which has left a poor 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 power up in SF5 and this is indicated visually by enlarged forearms) and this new one-eyed pose only furthers the meme-ability.

If this alleged box art is the worst thing Street Fighter 6 has going for it (and it feels that way thus far) that’s actually a really good look. The clear attention to detail and efforts to rectify past problems 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 stumbled across a few similar opinions… (Warning that there’s definitely some NSFW language used.)

There’s a lot more where that came from, but there is some good news as there’s a chance this won’t end up being the official box art for the game. Yes, it’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 slapped on, but it’s only labeled as “key art” on the Capcom press site.

We’ll still be playing SF6 when it drops on June 2, 2023 even if this image winds up being the foremost visual that represents the game… but we certainly wouldn’t mind if Capcom went another 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 check out right 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 got in the comments.