It’s been over five years since Street Fighter IV hit Japanese arcades in 2008, but if you’re expecting Street Fighter V to be released anytime soon, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Capcom producer Tomoaki Ayano spoke to VG247 recently and revealed that due to the long and difficult process of developing core games in the series, it might take until at least 2018 before we see a true sequel to the highly popular fighting game franchise.
“Game development is a long and arduous process,” he said. “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. Purely based on that it would probably take us until the year 2018 before Street Fighter V comes out [laughs]. So I hope everyone will play Ultra Street Fighter IV for a long time.”
In addition, Ayano also tried to assure fans that the new characters arriving with the recently announced Ultra Street Fighter IV update will not simply be ripped straight from Street Fighter X Tekken (where they originally appeared).
“Users do not need to worry,” said Ayano, “because the new characters will definitely not just be copy and pasted from Street Fighter X Tekken. If we did that, they would undoubtedly be the strongest characters in the game.” Adding that, “a simple rip wouldn’t allow us to make the necessary changes, so a lot of work is going on behind the scenes.”
I guess we’ll have to wait to find out for sure when Ultra Street Fighter IV is released for arcades, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC sometime in 2014. Tekken X Street Fighter is also supposedly still in development and should be out next year as well. As for Street Fighter V, hopefully we’ll see it arrive on next-gen consoles by the end of this decade if we’re lucky.