Street Fighter 6 will see the return of several legacy characters, one of which includes the co-poster boy of the franchise, Ken Masters (along with Ryu). When the character’s design was first unveiled, fans labelled him as having “divorced dad energy” due to his rundown look. However, there’s more to his design than meets the eye as Capcom has revealed that his backstory involves him being mistakenly arrested as a terrorist suspect.
In a recent Game Informer preview of Street Fighter 6, game director Takayuki Nakayama revealed that Ken’s unfortunate ordeal as a terrorist suspect will be detailed in a new comic series. Of course, Ken is now coping with the fact that he’s being accused for a crime that he didn’t actually commit, leading him to adopt a “fugitive-like” design.
Nakayama describes Ken’s character design change and the reason behind it in a bit more detail:
“Throughout the series, it seems like his life has become more and more stable, and the team felt like he was losing a reason to fight. But this is a way to create that reason for him to step up. We want to create that kind of plotline that explains why Ken is important and gives him that purpose. The story will be tied to those other characters close to him.”
It will be interesting to see how Ken resolves his current misfortunes. He’s a fan-favourite character in the Street Fighter series for a reason and I’m sure fans will want to know exactly how he got himself into this situation and what he’ll have to do to overcome it. This may or may not include plenty of chin busters.
Street Fighter 6 is currently in development for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. A release date has not been provided yet by Capcom, but we can expect it to launch sometime in 2023.
Source: Game Informer