Capcom confirms that fans who have been waiting to play Mai Shiranui will be doing so for a long time in Street Fighter 6

If there is any hope of a December launch

After more than 35 years, Street Fighter is doing something the series has never done before by bringing not one but two external guest characters to the new game.

Between Terry Bogard and SNK’s Mai Shiranui, only the former seems to be on the horizon for Street Fighter 6’s second season.

Capcom published a new post on social media tonight confirming that Mai, the seductive Kunoichi, won’t be playable in SF6 until early 2025.

Previously, the developers stated that Shiranui Ninja was planned for a winter 2025 release, but there is still some hope that it will release sooner rather than later.

This is because the “Winter of 2025” actually begins in December 2024, although it appears May won’t be visiting for Christmas or New Year’s, leaving Terry alone with the warriors of the world.

Since Season 2’s content starts earlier than Year 1, we can still at least look at the wait for Mai and Elena being a little shorter than the wait for Ed and Akuma.

M. Bison launches on June 26, while Rosetta wasn’t released until late July last year, so Capcom is keeping a similar DLC calendar so we can pin down some tentative times for when we can see the rest of the release. Season 2.

If we move things up a month from AKI, Terry’s release could be pushed back sometime around August, with Mai in January and Elena around April, although that’s purely speculative at this point based on last year’s schedule.

The wait between AKI and Ed was also particularly long last year, about five months between characters, so perhaps they’ll keep Terry around around September or October to maintain a more balanced spread of content this time around.

It will also be interesting to see how Mai’s release ties in with Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves, as the game is slated for an “early 2025” release window, with this cross-promotion continuing between the studios.

The developers of Street Fighter 6 have talked a lot about the inclusion of Terry and Mai as the first guest characters in the series, such as how they are close to bringing the famous Fatal Fury moves to Street Fighter and the Drive System.

They also answered questions about what this means for a possible Capcom vs. SNK revival, and why this pair was chosen in the first place.

With M. Bison coming soon, Terry Bogard will likely receive at least one more teaser featuring his actual in-game appearance for SF6 next month at Evo 2024, which will take place July 19-21.