According to current rumors, Street Fighter 6 should actually be released next year. However, according to an insider who is considered a reliable source, the release is being delayed by development issues.
A few hours ago, as part of a current live stream, Capcom presented the content with which the in-house fighting title of Street Fighter 5 will be honored as part of the fifth season.
According to the usually well-informed insider AestheticGamer aka Dusk Golem, the fifth season of Street Fighter 5 was only launched because the release of Street Fighter 6 was delayed due to development problems. As the insider stated, the latest offshoot of the long-lived fighting title series was originally due to be released in 2021.
In that sense, Dusk Golem stated the following: “Though I’m not really a Street Fighter fan, I can mention I know the reason for the unexpected SF5 season pass. The most basic gist of it is SF6 was supposed to release next year, but it was not received well internally or with testers, there’s this team mechanic the game was too focused on, the director (who was Ino) got demoted again.”
(2/3) testers, there's this team mechanic the game was too focused on, the director (who was Ino) got demoted again & someone else put in charge to "fix" SF6 with an additional year in dev, and the new season pass is to buy time for that.
There's a bit more to it, but I know
— AestheticGamer aka Dusk Golem (@AestheticGamer1) August 5, 2020
For this reason, Capcom is said to have decided to withdraw the series producer Yoshinori Ono as director of the project and to fill the corresponding position. “Someone else put in charge to “fix” SF6 with an additional year in dev, and the new season pass is to buy time for that,” he continues.
Apart from the fact that the new director of Street Fighter 6 is a woman, no further details about the replacement of the post were given. However, the change at the top is said to have worked wonders in terms of the playful implementation.
Capcom itself did not want to comment on the current rumors about the new Street Fighter 6.