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Street Fighter IV Will Not be Last in the Numbered Series, Producer Looking at F2P
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Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono does not want the main series to stop at SFIV and isn’t against the idea of going free-to-play.

Speaking to 4Gamer regarding his thoughts about the future of the illustrious fighting game series, Ono said, "I don't want to stop Street Fighter's main series at Street Fighter IV.”

"Realistically though, developing a title for next-gen consoles will require a huge number of staff members and a lot of money. This issue of money also applies to the gamer, as it'll be needed to invest in a new console, game, and arcade stick."

Financial concerns are also at the heart of Ono’s thinking about Street Fighter going free-to-play. The producer isn’t against the idea, but would like other series to test the waters first.

"If you look at fighting games as a competitive sport, some would say the more players there are the better," said Ono. "Going with a free-to-play model would lower the initial cost, which is one of the main positives about it.

"On the other hand, whether we could guarantee that we'd recoup development costs is something I don't currently have an answer for, so I'd like to see how well Harada [Tekken producer] and Hayashi [Dead Or Alive producer] handle it first and think about it more after that."

Ono is referring, of course, to Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters and Tekken Revolution on PS3, both of which are making shifts to free-to-play.

The producer’s comments also come following the announcement of Ultra Street Fighter IV, which you can read more about through here.


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Comment #1 by Dirty130
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 06:23:33 AM
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Streetfighter 5 F2P, I'm fine with that.

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Comment #2 by Akuza
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 06:25:18 AM
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Then make street fighter v and stop milking IV?

Idiots everywhere.

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Comment #3 by Riphade 1
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 06:28:47 AM
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Yeah. I can see it now.

"Now introducing Street Fighter V! You've unlocked Dan!*

*All 20+ other Characters, Stages, Colors, and Boss Fights will be microtransactioned!"

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Comment #4 by Akuza
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 06:36:05 AM
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@3 noooo way too many characters for the first version!

20 characters will be available in super ultra street fighter v the arcade is dead 20XX edition

Which will be the 5th version of the game.

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Comment #5 by Azrael008uk
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 06:38:32 AM
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How is DOA 5: Ultimate "Free to play"? It's being sold in the shops.

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Comment #6 by darky the hun
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 06:39:08 AM
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There'll be a downloadable F2P version as far as I'm aware.

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Comment #7 by DJWonderbraDJ
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 06:56:59 AM
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I dont mind this as a concept. Maybe a side game. But id like to see Sf5 as retail release.

f2p scares me though, its not something I feel I can support in the future.

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Comment #9 by MattCannell91
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 07:06:00 AM
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Whatever happened to Tekken X Street Fighter?

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Comment #10 by Akuza
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 07:19:13 AM
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@9 it's due out in like September I think.

It's just gonna be a similar thing as street fighter x tekken....

It's just gonna be standard tekken but with street fighter characters in it.

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Comment #11 by MasterBubs82
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 08:12:22 AM
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Hmmm, looking forward to seeing how Namco-Bandai applies Street Fighter characters to the Tekken fighting game style though.

As for SFV F2P, yeah, probably a good idea to see how well or badly it goes for DoA 5 & Tekken Revolution first. But I'd prefer SFV to be retail anyway, though... and probably it's Super & Ultra versions too lol.

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Comment #13 by AJtheSCORPION
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 09:17:07 AM
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I read it will be coming to next gen.

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Comment #14 by spearian
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 09:34:57 AM
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That is good news. I thought the game had been cancelled.

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Comment #15 by Kite87
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 09:38:19 AM
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@3 Since Dan is one of my mains with Sagat and Sakura I wouldn't mind that, but I really hope F2P is not the future of Street Fighter.

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Comment #16 by Wesker STARS
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 10:51:09 AM
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Comment #17 by Wesker STARS
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 10:55:22 AM
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FREE-to-play is more misleading than MICROtransactions. Ain't nothing free about free-to-play, ESPECIALLY if it's Capcom, and microtransactions, nothing micro about paying $2-$3 for some avatar gear or a costume for your in-game character.

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Comment #18 by TBSCx Virus
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 03:07:37 PM
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I am not a fan of F2P fighting games, surely it would mean that only the free characters will be used online and will get boring fighting the same character constantly

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Comment #19 by dbdikillhaji
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 05:06:21 PM
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@2. they have to milk it. we are talking about Capcom who can't get a fight game right until the 14th iteration of it. therefore you've got at least four more retail sf4 games before they ever seriously consider a sf5 title. then probably for more before announcement then 3 more before release. hence why I don't support capcom in their fighting game genre!

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Comment #20 by Jdogg1415
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 06:04:33 PM
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I am completely against a SF5 free to play game, especially when im sure its going to get that Super, Turbo, Ultra, Arcade, Oculis Rift Edition, and i wish they did DOA x Tekken, it would have made a better game and insted of SFxTK they could have made a new Capcom VS SNK

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Comment #21 by ZombieFan
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 07:54:52 PM
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Where are those SFIV DLC supporters now?

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Comment #22 by RockMan Respect
Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 11:02:32 PM
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Where is my street fighter alpha turbo happy leprechaun 2?

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Comment #23 by Azrael008uk
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 04:12:27 AM
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Well that's a relief. "Dead or Alive 5: Ulitmate" will be a retail release with a 'Free to play Core Characters' version appearing on Playstations copy of XBox LIVE Arcade (and presumeably popping up on XBLA too). Nice to see that the bonus costumes I picked up in the original shall carry over to Ultimate. Free to Play is an insult. This is not the App Store.

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