He drinks a whiskey drink, he drinks a vodka drink…
Street Fighter 6’s two most prominent developers, director Takayuki Nakayama and producer Shuhei Matsumoto, recently sat down for an interview with IGN and shared some additional information about the franchise’s 2023 entry.
At one point, they go into a few details about Street Fighter’s newest character, Jamie, a drunken fist/breakdance hybrid fighter who has a unique level-up system tied to his drinking from a jug of which we all assumed contained alcohol. However, according to the developers, this is not the case.
The concept of increasingly drunk characters in fighting games is by no means new, with franchises like Mortal Kombat, Virtua Fighter, Tekken, and others already exploring the space. However, Street Fighter never really featured such a fighter.
When using Jamie, players have the ability to take drinks from his jug (this maneuver is called “The Devil Inside”), giving the character access to new and more powerful attacks.
He can sip up to four sips each turn, the first of which unlocks a target combo, the second unlocks his swoop, the third grants him access to a command grip, and the fourth grants him increased run speed, damage, and range on his Rekka augmentation.
Users can play a sort of mini-game while controlling Jamie, as they must choose when to attempt to sneak in those level-ups. There are options to forego a little damage at the end of combos in favor of taking a sip instead, meaning a little extra strategy is involved.
Nakayama offers some inside information on why the team at Capcom created Jamie the way they did.
“In the Street Fighter series, we haven’t had a Drunken Fist-style character before,” he begins. “We wanted something new that we didn’t have before, so we looked for fighting styles to go with that, but we also wanted it to be a young character, so we incorporated breakdancing into his moveset, which was a lot more related to the.” connected to modern culture Well, we ended up with a character who mixes drunken fist and breakdance and decided to use him as a rival to Luke.
“Also, he doesn’t actually drink alcohol… It’s more like a medicine, kind of like tea…”
Matsumoto followed this by noting out loud “A special drink, haha,” which caused the live audience to erupt in laughter.
“Yes, a special drink. During the fight, he looks for opportunities to take a sip and grows stronger. Not only is it a special hit that makes you drink, it can switch to a drink mode in the middle of combos,” continued Nakayama.
“He has a level 1 super where he spins around. Meanwhile, if you hold down the ‘down’ key, he’ll stop attacking and instead clear a drinking animation up.”
What do you think of Jamie, the newest member of Street Fighter 6 so far? From the graphics to the gameplay, is he the character that interests you the most so far, or are you more interested in the return of Luke, Ryu, Chun-Li or Guile? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
A big thank you to Nicholas “MajinTenshinhan” Taylor for translating the interview from Japanese to English.