Despite the backlash it received on launch due to a perceived lack of content and server issues, Capcom is fully committed to supporting Street Fighter V in the future, with the beat ’em up’s producer Yoshinori Ono stating that a roadmap leading up to “2020 or so,” has already been planned out. Speaking to Famitsu in a recent interview (translated by EventHubs), Ono said that post-launch support for Street Fighter V isn’t “just a 1-2 year thing,” with the publisher already “looking pretty far ahead.”
What exactly that roadmap entails isn’t clear, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that Capcom has four years-worth of content planned for the fighter. While we’ll no doubt be getting new DLC characters, stages, costumes and the like going forward, ‘support’ could just as likely relate to tournaments, server maintenance and bug fixes.
When asked about the potential of other new games being released during that time, Ono replied, “I’d be happy if we could. But first, we’d have to solidify Street Fighter V as an eSports title. I said in the beginning that we’ve seen a higher number of entrants than we had in the Street Fighter IV era, but we’d like to heighten that even further. The more people participate, the bigger tournaments we can host, and the more people are going to watch.”
Chief among those eSports events will no doubt be the Capcom Cup 2016 finals, which will once again be hosted at Sony’s PlayStation Experience event in December. Recently announced character Akuma will also be playable at the show, perhaps hinting towards an announcement for a new season of characters for the brawler.
We’ll be covering all the news, reveals and surprises coming out of Sony’s end-of-year event as and when it breaks, so be sure to check back on December 3.