The business has announced the last ride for Street Fighter V will reach the big time in Hollywood from February 12 to 19. This gives Capcom Cup IX a date.

That’s right, the Capcom Cup is back after a three-year hiatus and will bring together the best Street Fighter players in the world for one of the most intense brackets ever assembled. As the release of Street Fighter 6 is imminent, this will also serve as SFV’s farewell performance.

Fans are beginning to wonder when SF6 might truly be released due to the time of the Capcom Cup this year and its extended dates to enable for a completely in-person broadcast for the Last Chance Qualifier and the finals for both the 2022 Capcom Pro Tour and Street Fighter League seasons.

Unless a major delay unexpectedly affects the next release, we are certain that this will be the last Capcom Cup utilizing SFV. This was proven by October’s Open Beta Test. But Evo Japan 2023, which runs from March 31 to April 3, will also feature SFV.

It’s possible that Capcom and the Evo crew just prefer the greatest level of SFV to be played at the event over an early-stage SF6 competition, so this doesn’t necessarily indicate anything. But the excitement you might generate for being one of the first significant SF6 events would probably outweigh the worry over the quality of play, causing fans to predict that the Metro City rumble would be released later than anticipated.

While SFIV was released globally that same week in February 2009—with the dates varying between Feb. 12 and 20 depending on the region—SFV was released on February 16, 2016, three months after Capcom Cup 2016 concluded on December 3.