In the same interview with Famitsu (translated by Event Hubs) where Capcom Producers Yoshinori Ono and Tomoaki Ayano discussed Akuma and PlayStation Experience 2016, they also mentioned their long-term plans for Street Fighter V, which includes support until 2020.
Asked how far the current road map for Street Fighter V development goes, Ono replied, “It’s not just a 1-2 year thing. We’re looking pretty far ahead… We’ve planned out as far as 2020 or so.” Ayana then added, “Street Fighter V is a title we’re adding on to as it goes along, so we’re working on it while planning ahead on the best way to develop it further.”
While Ono would be happy if they could release titles other than Street Fighter before 2020, he says the development team has to solidify Street Fighter V as an eSports title first. “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.”
Ultimately though, Ono says the sales of Street Fighter V are going to decide the future. After moving 1.4 million copies as of March 31, it struggled in the following quarters, moving less than 100,000 copies.
Prior to launch, Capcom said they wanted Street Fighter V to “last a console generation.”
Expect to hear more about Capcom’s 2017 plans for Street Fighter V when PlayStation Experience kicks on Saturday, December 3.