You’ve got to hand it to the Street Fighter franchise. While they’re perfectly content to milk out every single adjective possible in annual rereleases, when they do decide to take a step forward, the results are significant.
Just look at 2009s Street Fighter 4, which basically reignited an interest in the fighting game genre. The only downside however, is that Capcom usually takes their sweet time between updates of the franchise, with the gap between Street Fighter 3 and 4 being over 10 years.
However, current Capcom fighting guru, Seth Killian, feels that a sequel to the hit game shouldn’t take ten years to materialise.
“If I have anything to say about it, and I do, you will not have to wait ten years for Street Fighter 5,” Killian said to Eurogamer. “It will be before 2019. Now I’m going to be fired for promising Street Fighter 5 before 2019. I think I should be OK. We’ll see. They’ll do 2020 just to screw me and make me look like an ass.”
Street Fighter 5 hasn’t been officially announced to be in development yet, but Killian is still keen for it to be made, but he’s not sharing any ideas yet on what SF5 could include.
“This is one of those trap questions where the more I say the less likely it is to come true, where it’s like if I’ve got my idea out there and then there’s one guy on the internet who says that’s a stupid idea, the whole team will take and go, look, seem it’s a stupid idea!”
“I have to be very guarded. Or the case will be some other game cops the idea. That happens all of the time. With the rebirth of fighters there’s a lot of great games coming out. I’m always paranoid when I’m looking at new games to see if someone’s stolen one of the ideas I have in my notebook of awesome stuff. It’s not like they’ve read my notebook or they’ve cheated me out of it. They’ve come to it on their own clever reasoning.”
Since 2009, we’ve seen an explosion in fighting games, with new versions of fan-favourite games Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom, Tekken, Dead or Alive and Soul Calibur appearing, while two of the biggest franchises in the world are preparing to go head to head, in the form of Street Fighter vs Tekken.
Exciting times ahead for digital fisticuffs fans indeed.
Last Updated: November 3, 2011