Ono explains why there's no arcade release for Street Fighter 5

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • November 22, 2015 at 9:05 a.m. PST

Ono explains why there's no arcade release for Street Fighter 5

An arcade release and Street Fighter are something that has went hand in hand for quite some time.


Unfortunately, the financial hits the arcade industry has taken through the years isn't something businesses have been able to shake off — even in Japan.

Capcom's Yoshinori Ono was recently asked why Tekken 7 is receiving an arcade release, and why it isn't happening for Street Fighter 5.

"The Japanese arcade isn't what it used to be," explained Ono.
"I think there's a big difference between Capcom, Street Fighter and me and Namco, Tekken and Mr. Harada," he stated.

Ono said that the companies are finding themselves in contrasting environments, and while they both run arcades in Japan, Bandai Namco is having success with more traditional video games — while Capcom is gravitating towards crane games.

"We're in different situations - both companies run arcades in Japan, but the Capcom ones are going towards crane catchers and one-off cabinets. There's not much space for the typical arcade cabinet. That's the situation," he said.

"The Namco arcades, they're still very much on the video game side, and Mr. Harada's giving it a good run with Tekken in the arcades, and more power to him for that, but we're not in a comparable situation," concluded Ono.

Source: EuroGamer, photo from LostTravellers.co.nz.
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