Capcom isn't finish with milking their prize cow until it's completely void of any substance as fans who have been holding out for a next generation Street Fighter will be disappointed to find out that Street Fighter V probably won't be here until 2018. In a Vg247 interview with Capcom's producer Tomoaki Ayano, he had this to say regarding a future Street Fighter V release..
“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. 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.”
The thing is Street Fighter V would had been a fresh start to the next gen line up but instead the SSFIV series is extended into yet another generation of gaming and quite frankly it's well past it's sell by date. Honestly not even the five new characters inducted to IV's roster can create excitement for this announcement, because in truth the series feels like it's reached the ceiling in terms of adding anything new.
This news wouldn't have been so bad if Capcom had other fighting franchises under it's belt but that's highly unlikely judging from the previous poor business decisions of the infamous corporation.
While the damage is done, there's still hope for fan favourites from other games like Alpha, III returning to Street Fighter IV in the upcoming years. And of course with all that time hopefully they'll create a phenomenal and balanced sequel worthy of the title Street Fighter V. This period will also give SF a much needed breather, so it's not all bad, eh?
"a long time ago Ono joked that SF5 won't be 'til 2018, I guess he wasn't joking..."