Brawler Street Fighter will be supported for the next four years.
That’s according to a Famitsu interview with producers Yoshinori Ono and Tomoaki Ayano – as translated by Event Hubs – in which Ono said that the road map of future content extended beyond one or two years. In fact, the eccentric producer said that the road map goes as far as ‘2020 or so’.
The duo were also asked about whether other fighting games title will launch during this time, with Ono saying that while he would like to do other titles, Capcom is focused on solidifying Street Fighter V as an eSports title.
He said that the company is seeing higher entrant numbers than with Street Fighter IV, too.
It’s not just a 1-2 year thing,” Ono said, asked about SFV’s road map. We’re looking pretty far ahead… We’ve planned out as far as 2020 or so.”
He continued: I’d be happy if we could [do other titles than Street Fighter]. But first, we’d have to solidify Street Fighter V as an eSports title. I said in the beginning that we’ve seen a higher number of entrants than we had in the Street Fighter IV era, but we’d like to heighten that even further. The more people participate, the bigger tournaments we can host, and the more people are going to watch.”
Street Fighter V launched in February 2016. By May, it had sold 1.4m units, but since then it has sold less than 100,000 copies.
Though it was seen by fans as a solid fighting game, Street Fighter V had numerous server problems at launch, and was missing many single player features. Ono-san has since said that Capcom ‘underestimated the popularity of single-player’.
The publisher has also said that it will be giving developers more time moving forwards and that Street Fighter V needed more polish.