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Street fighter V Could Have Had Less Fighters on Initial Release

Street Fighter V is now only weeks away from release, and promises a wealth of interesting characters. If things had gone to plan, we may have had a more restricted set of characters on initial release.

This news is based on comments by Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono on Gamefront when he comments on the game. In his view he was looking to go back to Street Fighter 2 and its original squad of fighters:

“And why we did consider going back quite far, up to Street Fighter 2 and a fighter squad of only 8 characters. But when we thought about, we realized that such a group size of a time comes when there was no online communications”

He also went on to say:

“In a fighting game’s not just about learning the moves and strategies for your own character – You must also know the other fighters, in order to know how you can win against them. Back when you have not received complete information about the fighters from magazines or by talking with friends, was not a problem and even feasible at 8 characters. “

These comments make sense when you consider how best to play fighting games like Street Fighter V. Through understanding of a character’s strengths and weaknesses you can plan your own attacks for the players. The better you know them also leads to you finding your favourite character to use.

It would have been interesting to see how gamers would react to less fighters on initial release. Especially when we tend to see more value for money in seeing more variety on the screen.

What are your thoughts on the Street Fighter V roster? Would you have been a fan of the less is more approach? Let us know in the comments section below.