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.
— Andre-Antoine (@AndreNYK13) December 9, 2022
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.)
Wow…so this really is the final, official boxart, huh? The SFIV era had some rough ones, but I can easily say this is the worst boxart in SF’s history. Just a big dumb meme-image of Poochie, the least popular new character in the entire lineup. 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 the box art….. https://t.co/XV5g4jmwDC pic.twitter.com/VmYgbhO85B
— bc | Lord Knight 🐎☁ (@LordKnightBB) December 9, 2022
This has 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 looking fighting games ever, and this is the box art they’re going 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 love what I’m seeing of Street Fighter 6.
That Box Art has me thinking I’ll go digital for this one lol. There’s bound to be an updated physical release later-on anyway.
A shame the “Deluxe Edition” wasn’t a completely different box art like RE Village did. pic.twitter.com/5JOTTk6YrK
— Jawmuncher (@Jawmuncher) December 9, 2022
Okay so 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 as well, cuz this ain’t 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 this pic.twitter.com/njitS3vKlL
— Optimus Wilbur 🤖 (@OptimusWilbur) December 9, 2022
This is APPARENTLY the final box art for SF6. If legit…this may be the worst Street Fighter art in the series pic.twitter.com/LYDCXP9uzX
— 🦖🎬 – Tomzilla – 🎮☠️ (@TomzillaVS) December 9, 2022
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.