Street Fighter V Will Probably Take "Until the Year 2018"
Written Monday, August 05, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
It turns out that there's a very good reason that Capcom has decided to create Ultra Street Fighter IV (not just money, you old cynics). It's because the wait for Street Fighter V could be a five year one, if comments from Capcom Producer Tomoaki Ayano are to be believed.
“Game development is a long and arduous process. If you look at the history of the series, it took six years to go from Street Fighter II to Street Fighter III, and nine years to go from Street Fighter III to Street Fighter IV," Ayano observed. "Purely based on that it would probably take us until the year 2018 before Street Fighter V comes out. So I hope everyone will play Ultra Street Fighter IV for a long time.”
Ayano-san also noted that Ultra Street Fighter IV additions Elena, Hugo, Poison and Rolento, are not simple character rips from last year's Street Fighter X Tekken, addressing fan concerns that they might be simply ported from that game. That's definitely not the case, according to Ayano.
“Users do not need to worry, because the new characters will definitely not just be copy and pasted from Street Fighter X Tekken," Ayano assured. "If we did that, they would undoubtedly be the strongest characters in the game.
“The reason for this is down to the difference in gameplay systems, most notably Boost Combos. Boost Combos formed the basis of the battle system in Street Fighter X Tekken and do not exist in Street Fighter IV. Besides adjusting the characters for a game engine without Boost Combos, each will need to have many moves added as well, such as Ultra Combos and Super Combos.
“A simple rip wouldn’t allow us to make the necessary changes, so a lot of work is going on behind the scenes.”
As well as adding four existing Street Fighter characters, Ultra Street Fighter IV will also include a fifth, yet to be revealed character who's completely new to the fighting genre. It's hoped that Ultra Street Fighter IV will not just improve the game's balancing and each fighter's tournament potential, but also maintain fight fan's interest in the run up to Street Fighter V, whenever that might be.
Ultra Street Fighter IV is out in early 2014.