Street Fighter 6 reveals the new themes for the returning veterans Ken and Blanka and what they sound like. The game is currently one of the biggest departures from the previous entries of the franchise, with the game taking on a more urban but stylized theme. This is reflected within Street Fighter 6‘s music as well, with it being influenced by hip-hop like Street Fighter 3‘s soundtrack.
Capcom has already released quite a few short videos showcasing the soundtrack and themes of the many characters that have been revealed so far, with pieces of brand-new music for newcomers and veterans alike. Even returning characters like Guile, Ryu, and Chun-Li have different themes, which are very different from what fans are used to from past games like Street Fighter 2. Capcom has released two more tracks for another set of returning veterans, Ken and Blanka, and both themes are also quite different from what fans have heard before.
Ken’s theme is known as “Spirit of Flame” with the official Twitter account noting that despite his haggard and disheveled look in this game, Ken’s not going down easily. According to what has been stated about Ken, the legendary man has been framed by the Mad Gear gang, putting his family in harm’s way. As a result, he is looking to clear his name while on the run. Many found his theme to be quite fitting to his circumstances, with some astute fans noting that his theme from Street Fighter 2 is homaged in it as well.
At the same time, fans got to hear the theme of the heroic Brazillian man-beast Blanka, which is known as “zilra zilra” according to the video. Blanka’s theme is quite energetic, combining a variety of cultural influences and instruments while retaining the same musical style the game has been going for. With Blanka taking up the role as an adventure tour guide throughout the Amazon, according to his profile, this theme fits his new role, with fans have embraced the Brazilian Funk fusion.
Street Fighter 6 has been conducting its closed beta test this past weekend, with the selection of eight characters that have been revealed. This includes Ken, Juri, Kimberly, Guile, Ryu, Chun-Li, Luke, and Jamie. With Blanka being absent from this closed beta test roster, many fans didn’t expect Capcom to release a preview of his theme music until after the beta test, but they were still pleased to hear it all the same.
Street Fighter 6 launches in 2023 on PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.