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Ono: Support for Street Fighter 5 planned up to 2020; happy if they could release other fighters, but focused on solidifying eSports presence first

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • November 24, 2016 at 1:41 p.m. PST • Comments: 165

Famitsu recently conducted an interview with Capcom producers Yoshinori Ono and Tomoaki Ayano to discuss the company's latest fighting title, Street Fighter 5. Last time, Ono mentioned that the announcement slated for Capcom Cup next week might not actually be Akuma.

Today we learn more about Capcom's plans for the future of Street Fighter 5. Ono explains that the company is not thinking short-term for the latest in the Street Fighter franchise. As it stands right now, support for the game is planned up to 2020 or so.

Because Capcom is so heavily focused on Street Fighter 5 at this time, Ono also notes that though he'd be happy to see other fighting titles released, they are currently working on solidifying their eSports presence.

Though the interview as conducted in Japanese, our very own Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor provided us with the English translation.

Check out what Ayano and Ono had to say on the matter after the jump.
Famitsu: So, moving back to the earlier subject, how far does your current road map for Street Fighter 5 development go?

Ono: 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.

Ayano: Street Fighter 5 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.

Famitsu: Are we going to see other titles than Street Fighter during that time, as well... ?

Ayano: That's not something I'd know, at my level, haha. Please, Ono-san, take over.

Ono: I'd be happy if we could. But first, we'd have to solidify Street Fighter 5 as an eSports title. I said in the beginning that we've seen a higher number of entrants than we had in the Street Fighter 4 era, but we'd like to heighten that even further.

The more people participate, the bigger tournaments we can host, and the more people are going to watch them, which is directly connected with our sales, and that's going to decide the future.

Source: Famitsu. Translation made by EventHubs' own Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor. Sent in anonymously.
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