Combofiend: Surprisingly, the community's tier list matches our own pretty closely - Capcom sheds light on their perception of character ranking

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • December 27, 2016 at 8:18 a.m. PST

Fighting game tiers are a widely debated topic throughout the community. Though there are endless differing views, much of the time there's a general consensus that tells which characters in any given game are among the best.

We recently caught up with Capcom to find out how they see the tiers internally for Street Fighter 5, and learn of the differences in perception between their rankings and the community's.

Street Fighter 5 Associate Producer Peter "Combofiend" Rosas provided us with some insight.

"Community tier lists are interesting in that they constantly change depending on how a player performs with [each character]," Rosas started. "One week Nash is the best, the next week he’s the worst!"

The emphasis placed between tiers seems to be the most apparent difference between the two views. Combofiend goes on to explain that the gap between good and bad is larger in the eyes of the community.
"Those who are in the 'A' category are considered so much more superior than those in the 'B' category [to the community]. Whereas for us, those in the 'A' category may have more apparent strengths than those in the 'B' category, but are still extremely close in terms of tiers and viability with one another," Combofiend told us.

Despite the disparateness, it seems that Capcom's idea of which characters are the best in Street Fighter 5 and the community's are, for the most part, in line with each other.

"As for whether the community’s list matches our own, surprisingly, they’re pretty close," Combofiend concluded.
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