What's the average time window between major Street Fighter updates? We were surprised to find it's actually shorter than we suspected

And that's even with the huge gap between Street Fighter 3 and Street Fighter 4

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 15, 2019 at 7:57 p.m. PDT | Comments: 38

During this week's episode of the EventHubs Podcast, Catalyst brought up some particularly interesting research he did regarding Capcom's Street Fighter timeline. He went back and noted the release years for all of the numbered title entries and their major updates and found the average time that it takes Capcom to produce a new SF update is 1.87 years.

Enthralled by this idea, I pledged to take things one step further and calculate the same values on a monthly scale. Having gone back and noted the release dates for every game and update between Street Fighter 1 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, (not counting the EX or crossover titles) I have an answer with accuracy down to the month.

This sort of information naturally lends itself to the discussion of when we might expect the next big franchise makeover, such as a rumored Super Street Fighter 5 with mechanical updates and other major changes.

Eight months of radio silence certainly put Street Fighter players into a restless state wherein expectations, hopes, and dreams grew to the point that many of us began to feel that Capcom may not be able to win fans back over with anything short of a Super update.

Thankfully, it seems those expectations have been regulated thanks to the successful reveal and release of Honda, Lucia, and Poison at EVO 2019. We are, therefore, no longer in that sort of state of emergency and the general community isn't immediately hoping and looking for a major update anymore. That said, keeping an eye on the future can still be fun between Lucia and Honda matches.

Capcom has been anything but predictable over the last few years and the general approach to fighting game development has recently entered a brand new chapter thanks to the rise of DLC, so it's important not to get too far ahead of ourselves when using data from chapters on the SF timeline when things were significantly different.

There was nearly a four year window between the first and second franchise installments, for example, and then the infamous nine year gap between the end of Street Fighter 3 and the beginning of Street Fighter 4. If we remove these two anomalous examples from the equation then we have an average of 11.88 months between major updates.

Below you'll find the list of SF titles and updates, their release dates, and then the number of months each reigned as the newest Street Fighter before being dethroned by their respective successors.

Major Street Fighter Titles and Update Release Dates

Street Fighter 1 - August 1987 (43 months)
Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior - March 1991 (12 months)
Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition - March 1992 (9 months)
Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting - December 1992 (9 months)
Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers - September 1993 (5 months)
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo - February 1994 (16 months)
Alpha - June 1995 (8 months)
Alpha 2 - Feb 1996 (10 months)
Street Fighter 3 - Dec 1996 (9 months)
Second Impact - September 1997 (9 months)
Alpha 3 - June 1998 (11 months)
Third Strike - May 1999 (110 months)
Street Fighter 4 - July 2008 (21 months)
Super Street Fighter 4 - April 2010 (9 months)
Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition - December 2010 (12 months)
Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition 2012 - December 2011 (28 months)
Ultra Street Fighter 4 - April 2014 (22 months)
Street Fighter 5 - Feb 2016 (21 months)
Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition - January 2018 (19 months and counting)

That's a total of 19 different titles from Street Fighter 1 to our current Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. After doing the math we found that there has been an average of 19.16 months between releases.

We've just past the average amount of time between new releases, but we have our suspicions that we'll actually be seeing our next big change in about four months come December. We expand on that in the aforementioned podcast episode, so be sure to check out our discussion there for more analysis.

Do you think we'll be getting a Super Street Fighter 5 anytime soon? How far off would you guess Street Fighter 6 might be? Chime in with your thoughts in the comments below.

Image sources: Pixabay.

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