And then we finished 5 seasons
To say that Street Fighter 5 has had a rough start is an understatement, and Capcom themselves appear to have been willing to jump ship early.
Game Informer recently published a new article looking back at Street Fighter’s 35-year history, revealing that SF5 was originally planned to feature 6 seasons of new DLC content before being cut short.
The information comes from Street Fighter 6 director Takayuki Nakayama, who also directed SF5 after it launched.
“Street Fighter 5 was originally planned to have six seasons, but then plans changed and we were told we could only complete season four,” Nakayama said, via Game Informer .
Unfortunately, the director didn’t elaborate on why the cuts were made or when the decision was made, but there are a few easy takeaways.
With SF5 underperforming in its launch sales and continuing to struggle in its second year in 2017, it would make sense that Capcom would scale back its plans for the game and move on from it sooner rather than later, and then there’s the whole Marvel vs. Capcom thing. of Infinite decline in the same year as well.
But wait, you might ask. “Street Fighter 5 ended with 5 seasons, right?”
That’s true, though, as the final season appears to have really taken off between the fans and Street Fighter 5. Thanks to the positive reception of the Champion Edition.
We almost missed all of this
The players were very close and it looks like they’re completely missing out on Dan, Rose, Oro, Akira, and Luke, which is pretty hard to think about now, especially since only 1 of them is on the Street Fighter 6 starting roster.
Season 5 itself wasn’t the only change Capcom made to the game either, as longtime producer Yoshinori Ono left the company following the announcement, though there’s no new information to explain why that happened.
The developers have also drastically changed their methods of communicating with fans, so we’re likely to see them continue with a similar approach going forward.
“Starting with Season 5, we changed the structure of the team and learned that we wanted to adopt a more direct communication style with the game’s audience and players,” Nakayama said. “We got a lot of positive feedback about it. We realized that was very important to our audience.”
This revelation leaves players with a whole new question they didn’t have before about who will be included in Season 6.”
Unless the developers eventually come out and say it, we’ll likely never know the answer, or there’s a real possibility that the character choices weren’t even planned until the cuts were made.
There could have been some fighters that had files collected from SF5, such as the Sodom, but that may remain a mystery.
As it stands now, Street Fighter 5 is packed with 45 characters (46 if you count the eleven) and in a completely different state than where it was almost 7 years ago.
It would be nice to see the game even make it to 50. It’s still a lot better than 40 though.