by Joseph Leray
While "Street Fighter IV" producer Yoshinori Ono apparently doesn't have the budget or staff to make "Street Fighter V" for next-generation consoles, he would like to see more numbered versions of the series in the future.
"Personally, I don't want to stop 'Street Fighter''s main numbered series at 'IV,' he told 4Gamer (as translated by Siliconera). "Realistically speaking, developing a title for next-fen consoles requires a huge amount of staff members, and a large sum of money."
Ono also noted that a next-fen "Street Fighter" would also require a fair bit of start-up cash for players -- "The issue of money also applies to everyone else, as it'll be required to invest in a new console, game, and arcade stick," he said. "If you look at fighting games as a competitive sport, one might say the more players, the better. Going [free-to-play] lowers the hurdle of needing money to start, which I believe is one of the ideal parts about it."
"Street Fighter IV" and "Super Street Fighter IV" sold well and have been supported by a series of downloadable packs that include new characters and costumes and wide scale re-balancing. Still, it's unclear how Capcom could fund -- and make a profit on -- a next-gen iteration of their classic fighter. "Darkstalkers" was recently put on ice after Capcom determined that there wasn't enough fan support to sustain development on the series.
"When thinking about games as a product, it boils down to how much the company intends to spend in order to make it, and how much the players will likely spend on it, and the balance between the two is very important," Ono continued. "For example, back in 'Street Fighter II', one play was 100, 200 yen, which was enough to cover the development cost; however, those costs are now much higher than what players would imagine."
"At the moment, I don’t have a clear vision of how we can balance the two,” Ono concludes. Ouch! Still, I'm still getting plenty of mileage out of taking my Adon online, so I'm guessing that Capcom have plenty of time to work out the kinks before serious players start looking for thrills elsewhere.
In the meantime, Ono and his team are currently working on "Ultra Street Fighter IV," which will add five new characters and six new stages to the ever-expanding fighting game.
Joseph Leray is a freelance writer from Nashville. Follow him on Twitter