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Avenue Fighter 6 Artwork Director Breaks Down Every Revealed Character Design

Every time a brand new Avenue Fighter entry rolls round, we get launched to a brand new forged of characters and reintroduced to a few of our favourite sequence mainstays. Avenue Fighter 6 is not any totally different on this regard. Amid the brand new additions like Kimberly, Jamie, and Luke, longtime gamers can discover consolation within the presence of fighters like Ryu, Chun-Li, Guile, and Ken showing as nicely. Nonetheless, even these returning fighters have some modifications to their appears, outfits, and personalities for this sixth mainline entry.

Throughout our journey to Osaka, Japan, the place we visited Capcom’s headquarters, we sat down with Avenue Fighter 6 artwork director Kaname Fujioka to study extra about his time at Capcom. “The largest inspiration for me wanting to affix Capcom and work on combating video games was Avenue Fighter II,” he says. “I used to be ultimately capable of do character design work for different non-Avenue Fighter main-series combating video games, whether or not or not it’s Pink Earth, Jojo’s Weird Journey, and likewise Capcom vs. SNK, however I by no means actually had the possibility to work on a Mainline Avenue Fighter sport.”

“I finally turned the director of the Monster Hunter sequence and that was my fundamental challenge and sequence for some time, however I actually needed to work on the Avenue Fighter sequence,” he continues. “I simply by no means actually had the chance for nearly 20 years. Lastly, I turned pleasant with [Street Fighter 6 director Takayuki] Nakayama-san and defined that I actually needed the possibility to work on Avenue Fighter. Nakayama-san lastly made that dream right into a actuality with Avenue Fighter 6. It took a short while, however it’s lastly coming true!”

Now that Fujioka is lastly engaged on his dream franchise, he has labored with the remainder of the crew to create a joint imaginative and prescient for the enduring and all-new characters of the sequence. We went character by character within the Avenue Fighter 6 roster to study extra concerning the appears every revealed character sports activities within the extremely anticipated 2023 combating sport. See what Fujioka has to say about every design that we have seen to date under.

ryu

ryu

“Ryu has at all times been the principle character or iconic character of the Avenue Fighter sequence,” Fujioka says. “We needed to go for an ‘aged grasp’ look that exhibits all of the coaching that he is completed. There are some apparent parts of Ryu’s design that present his age, whether or not or not it’s the beard or the sash that is form of paying homage to Gouken .”

Ken/Luke

Ken

“My impression of Ken is he is at all times been a fiery and explosive – actually fiery, explosive – character,” Fujioka says. “He additionally has a stronger sense of trend in comparison with a personality like Ryu, for instance. I needed to emphasise that, however on the identical time, Ken was form of seen as a playful character in previous titles, however his setting being on the run, he has to form of cover himself.”

For extra on Ken’s design with the Avenue Fighter 6 crew, head to our devoted article right here.

Luke

“Luke, being the principle character, we felt that we actually needed him to be a straight-forward and easy-to-relate-with sort character with out a whole lot of curveballs compared to Ryu, who’s at all times been the principle character or iconic character of the Avenue Fighter sequence,” Fujioka says. “We needed to make Luke somewhat bit totally different and have some distinction between [Ryu’s disciplined, aged] look and Luke. We wish to make Luke the protagonist determine, however differentiate him from Ryu in his look and story of him. We needed to make him be extra of a colourful, refreshing sort of character with colours which might be simple to grasp with an emphasis on blue and orange.”

Guile/Chun Li

Guile

“[Similar to other classic characters], we needed to indicate these parts of getting old with Guile as nicely,” Fujioka says. “We needed to emphasise the truth that he is a soldier at coronary heart. I really feel that regardless of how a lot he ages, Guile goes to be Guile for probably the most half. There are particular issues which have modified, whether or not it is his muscle mass from him or the truth that he now has a goatee that present his age from him, however past that, we needed so as to add some extra private touches to him. We gave him a watch as a result of he is very cautious by way of time and he is a precision character. He pays consideration to how a lot time he takes to struggle, and that is reflective of not simply his character, however his combating model.”

chun-li

“She was in all probability one of many hardest characters to design with this title, particularly since one of many unique creators of Chun-Li is one in all my mentors,” Fujioka says. “I positively wish to respect that and make a model of Chun-Li that’s acceptable for Avenue Fighter 6. Chun-Li is beloved by many alternative eras of gamers, and it is virtually as if everybody has their very own model or interpretation of Chun-Li Li So, ‘How do I make a Chun-Li that satisfies everybody’s expectations whereas making one thing new for Avenue Fighter 6?’ That was an enormous problem for me.When it comes to the themes of Chun-Li, we needed to emphasise the truth that she was capable of take out Shadaloo, and she or he’s somewhat bit older now, just like Ryu.She’s aged elegantly and is extra of a master-type determine the place she’s educating those that are below her and are somewhat bit youthful than her.”

Dhalsim/Blanka

Dhalsim

“Dhalsim is a personality who’s very arduous to convey as somebody who’s superhuman and who has actions and works in methods that aren’t like a whole lot of different characters,” Fujioka says. “That is positively a problem for me. He is at all times been virtually a hermit-type, older character, so we put a whole lot of effort and thought into sure expressions, whether or not or not it’s the wrinkles on his face or his beard. We spent a whole lot of time making an attempt to determine what an aged character like Dhalsim would appear like with much more age.”

Blanka

“For this title, we needed to emphasise the extra lifelike textures for the characters whereas sustaining the distinctiveness of those characters which might be form of totally different from humanistic figures, whether or not or not it’s like Honda or Blanka,” Fujioka says.

Kimberly/E. Sling

kimberley

“She’s just like the final piece of the trio of Luke, Jamie, and Kimberly that’s virtually associated to how Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li had been within the older technology of Avenue Fighter,” Fujioka says. “We needed to form of recreate that relationship with new characters, so Kimberly’s the final piece of that puzzle, primarily. Not solely that, however we needed to make that trio a various group, with Kimberly being an African American lady who’s enamored by ninja tradition. She desires to be like Man, so she practices bushin-ryu model, however concurrently, she’s a really athletic character. Very bouncy. Somebody who can excel at issues like cheerleading and gymnastics forms of bodily actions. However on the identical time , she’s not a really stern character. She’s somebody who’s very colourful and cheerful and poppy. Like in actual life in America, how you could have people who find themselves actually into Japanese tradition. Bushin-ryu is not technically a ninja model, however her interpretation is form of incorrect. She’s assuming that it’s, and despite the fact that it technically is not, she’s in love with it.”

E.Honda

“Honda is beginning to present his age,” Fujioka says. “When you look rigorously, he has some white hairs now on the aspect of his head. However we actually needed to maintain that sumo essence but in addition present extra of a brand new model for him.”

Jamie/Juri

Jamie

“On the subject of Jamie, this was anyone that Nakayama-san needed from an early level,” Fujioka says. “He at all times needed him to be a rival determine to Luke. In contrast to Luke, who makes use of extra of a contemporary MMA model of combating, Jamie makes use of extra of an historic drunken boxing form of kung-fu model. We felt that simply having that isn’t sufficient, so we included extra fashionable parts of motion, like breakdancing and stuff that’s in all probability extra related to a youthful technology of individuals. We needed to emphasise that hybrid combating model of this older drunken boxing blended with breakdancing actions.”

Jury

“Juri was a brand new character who was launched within the Avenue Fighter IV sequence, and she or he has at all times been form of a psychopath character with a really darkish aspect – somebody who perhaps has a low sense of morality or would tackle any job that’s supplied to her, even like assassination-type stuff,” Fujioka says. “This time round, I had the considered, ‘What’s her character when she’s not taking over these odd jobs? And what does she do throughout her spare time?’ It led to this one that perhaps would not dwell probably the most wholesome way of life, who’s simply at all times on her smartphone, and she or he takes photos of enemies she defeats and shares that on social media.Consuming a whole lot of junk meals and sweet, and possibly not probably the most sociable particular person. We thought that perhaps she would have created a bunch of dangerous habits the place she simply makes use of her foot whichever method she desires and picks up stuff. She’s not probably the most elegant sort of character, however it looks as if the folks actually take note of that and see a few of these behavioral antics from her. I am actually completely satisfied that folks took discover of that.”


Avenue Fighter 6 arrives on PlayStation 5, Xbox Collection X/S, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2023. For extra unique protection of the extremely anticipated combating sport, head to our hub by clicking on the banner under.

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