Capcom’s producer Tomoaki Ayano says we probably wont see Street Fighter V until around 2018.
Street Fighter IV came out in 2008, and while it has had its fare share of revisions that keep resetting its price to the “new game” level, it is starting to get a bit long in the tooth, especially with Next-Gen consoles just around the corner. Capcom’s producer Tomoaki Ayano has unfortunately dashes the hopes of anyone waiting for a PS4/Xbox One Street Fighter title, stating that “it would probably take us until the year 2018 before Street Fighter V comes out.”
“Game development is a long and arduous process,” he continued. “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.” “I hope everyone will play Ultra Street Fighter IV for a long time,” he added.
In his interview with VG24/7, Ayano also addresses concerns that the four new DLC characters in Ultra Street Fighter IV that previously starred in Street Fighter X Tekken would simply be ripped from the later game. “Users do not need to worry,” he replied, “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.”
He continued by explaining that there is a huge difference in the two game’s combat systems, most notably Boost Combos, which don’t exist in Street Fighter IV, and Ultra and Super Combos, which don’t exist in Street Fighter X Tekken. “A simple rip wouldn’t allow us to make the necessary changes, so a lot of work is going on behind the scenes.”
Ultra Street Fighter IV will be out in early 2014, and will add Rolento, Elena, Poison, Hugo and an unannounced fifth character.