Street Fighter IV Will Not be Last in the Numbered Series, Producer Looking at F2P
Written Monday, July 29, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
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.