Our readers are mostly supportive of the idea behind a Super Street Fighter 5 relaunch; see the poll results here

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • June 30, 2017 at 7:32 p.m. PDT

Update: The results are in! Check them out after the jump.

Earlier: So we've had Street Fighter 5 for over a year now. There have been a lot of differing opinions on the game's overall status.

To a lot of fans, Street Fighter 5 could be considered a step down from Ultra Street Fighter 4. But is that really a fair comparison?

Many people compare SF5 to USF4, perhaps not remembering that they're comparing a new game's launch to a game that had 5 different editions made to get to the point that they did.

It might be better to compare the latest entry to the series to (vanilla) Street Fighter 4. Perhaps given the same amount of time, Capcom could bring us the quality product we've come to expect.

Now given, Capcom in the past has promised that they are committed to the idea of users only ever having to own one Street Fighter 5 disc throughout the game's lifespan. They would instead continue to update the game as time went on.

But... do fans want Capcom to keep this promise? rumors have already been circulating regarding a free download that upgrades this edition to a Super version.

Let's consider what a re-release would have to bring to the table in order to be relevant.

A relaunch would appeal more to casuals

Though hardcore fans make up the strongest following for fighting games, we have to acknowledge that these titles simply cannot exist on this audience alone. There needs to be an appeal to the casual crowd too.

For Street Fighter 5, I don't feel the way the game was launched did much for the casual crowd. The game's story mode wouldn't be released until later and to this day there is still no arcade mode.

Instead, upon the game's release, we started out with story prologues, survival mode, local versus mode, training mode, trials, and online multiplayer modes. Simply put, this isn't enough for the casual audience.

I get the sense that a lot of people who purchased Street Fighter 5 on day one never actually knew a story mode was eventually released for the game. Many may have never experienced it.

Additional game modes like an arcade mode is an absolute must if a Super Street Fighter 5 were to be released. Billing the game as "Super Street Fighter 5" and packaging the game's current modes along with a handful of new ones could reinvigorate interest for the casual market.

Reduction of input lag

It's no secret to many of the hardcore fans that the game currently suffers from about 6.2 frames of input lag. This isn't a very popular "theme" among the Street Fighter community.

Fans and professional players alike have been asking, almost pleading, for Capcom to reduce the amount of input lag. Last we heard, Capcom has no plans to reduce the game's input lag.

Whether the heavy input lag was an intentional design choice seems to be unknown. We have heard reports that say the lag was put in to better simulate online play, while others claim the lag was unintentional.

The general consensus among the fighting game community seems to be in favor of a further lag reduction. The people that are not happy with the delay have been very vocal regarding their desire to see it reduced.

Considering the fact that the more casual crowd is mostly unaffected by the input lag, making another reduction would greatly appease the competitive scene and make the community leaps and bounds happier with the state of the game.

Improved server performance

So depending on who you ask, you'll get very differing opinions on how the servers are currently holding up after the CFN update.

One set of people will tell you that the game plays perfect online now. The other set might have a few horror stories to share with you about their experiences.

This experience should be a little more consistent with everyone, assuming the players have a good internet connection. There shouldn't be so much disparity here.

It'd also be nice if the game's online features weren't down as often as they are due to server maintenance. Street Fighter 5 is kind of legendary in regards to how often its online services are unavailable.

Luckily, it seems as though Capcom is already working towards further improving their servers. It was recently announced that they are teaming up with Bandai Namco for such a purpose.

More characters, new mechanics, and rebalance the cast

Street Fighter 5's latest season is devoid of fan-favorite legacy characters. Short of Akuma, who released back in December at the very start of the season, each of the remaining DLC fighters has been/is set to be a character never before seen in a main Street Fighter title.

Incorporating highly requested classic characters with a relaunch of the game could definitely go a long way.

If the rumors are anything to go by, we can expect Sagat, Sakura, Oro, C.Viper, Q and Necro. These are definitely the type of characters that will enthuse veteran players.

New mechanics are a must. Many would like to see additional options like the ability to choose from different V-Skills, V-Triggers, and Critical Arts.

One of the problems you hear about a lot regarding SF5 is the lack of ability to express one self. This has a lot to do with the game mostly favoring rush down and a lack of methods for deviating from the optimal strategy.

Mains of the same character are often witnessed just performing similar combos and tactics with the inability to branch out much further. Adding more V-Move and Critical Art options could definitely help players further express themselves and make their favorite characters their own.

Finally, a rebalance across the entire cast could go a long way. It definitely feels like a lot of people are not entirely pleased with the Season 2.5 balance patch.

There's been a lot of talk about reducing the damage amongst all the characters. As of right now, it feels like a handful of characters can drain an entire health bar with just two combos, given the right circumstances.

Overall, at this point I think Street Fighter 5 needs a new label to really attract the people that have previously given up on the game. They need a reason to come back.

The CFN update was a good step in the right direction. But there is still a stairway for Capcom to climb if they want to win back their audience.

Below is a poll in which you can give your opinion if this is the right move for Capcom. Be sure to let us know your comments as well.

Should Capcom break their "promise" and release a Super edition for Street Fighter 5?

1. Yes. New content and a new label is a good direction for Street Fighter 5.: 726 votes / 86.8%
2. No. Capcom should stay the course and continue to improve as they have been.: 110 votes / 13.2%

Total votes: 836


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