Despite the game receiving mixed reviews, Capcom still seems to be unwilling to abandon Street Fighter V and according to a recent interview by game producer Yoshinori Ono, that support may last another four years.
The interview, conducted by Japanese magazine Famitsu, reveals Ono saying that Capcom is already planning ahead for the game’s future and have plans in place as far ahead as 2020.
He did however didn’t clarify that whether there will be more fighting games during that time, similar to what Street Fighter IV had. Instead, Ono mentioned that there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that Street Fighter V remains a relevant eSports title which is what the company is focused on.
During the interview, he said:
I said in the beginning that we’ve seen a higher number of [tournament] entrants than we had in the Street Fighter 4 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 them, which is directly connected with our sales, and that’s going to decide the future
To show their dedication towards the eSports future of Street Fighter V, Capcom is organizing the Capcom Cup tournament next week at PlayStation Experience.
It is safe to assume some more announcements regarding the game will come during the event in relation to future characters, game modes or competitive season.
Street Fighter V is currently on sale on both PS4 and Steam during the Black Friday weekend and Autumn sale respectively. Despite the game’s lack of content and an extremely grindy system to unlock new characters without paying with real money, the cross-platform play and overall game still manages to make it fun for newcomers as well as Street Fighter veterans.