Combofiend - Actually, Street Fighter 5's eight frames of input lag was not a design choice

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • June 20, 2016 at 7:18 p.m. PDT | Comments: 178

At this year's E3 in Los Angeles, we were able to catch up with Capcom representatives Peter "Combofiend" Rosas and Matt Dahlgren to ask them an array of questions about the current and future states of Street Fighter 5.

One of the topics we covered was the oh-so-hot eight frames of inherent input lag. Now, we recently heard Capcom Japan representative Koichi Sugiyama express that this was an intentional part of the design, but Rosas actually clarifies to the opposite.

"Actually, it's not a deliberate design choice," said Rosas when we asked why the delay was in the game. "I think that the interpretation of what Sugiyama may have said was incorrect."

Given our information from Sugiyama was not an official statement, but rather a translation from his casual conversation on a stream, it's understandable that not all the content came across exactly as intended.

With this new understanding however, we naturally move on to ask if and/or how Capcom plans to go about dealing with the delay situation. Rosas continued to elaborate on this.
"At this point in time we're aware of the [input delay], and we are looking into it... it's not a cased closed scenario. We'll keep you updated on any further developments."

Street Fighter 5 has been out since February, and so we've had quite some time to get used to it in its current form, delay and all. A sudden change as big as the one we're talking about during the Capcom Pro Tour season could possibly cause even more problems that it'd fix at the moment.

Given the nature of the issue at hand, we'd expect to see some kind of delay alteration after this current CPT season, when the game gets its first proposed yearly re-balancing update.

In the meantime, we're happy to have a direct comment and acknowledgement from Capcom on this matter that has caused so much buzz in the community. A special thank you to both Dalhgren and Rosas for taking the time to speak with us.
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