Dear Capcom: Communication about Street Fighter 5 Season 4 is lacking and it leaves very little room for excitement

Where are the teases and hints? There's nothing to talk about with Street Fighter 5 right now

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 18, 2019 at 7:37 p.m. PST | Comments: 122

Following the conclusion of Capcom Cup 2018, we got the reveal that Kage was immediately available. Not only this, but Season 4 had begun and the patch notes were live.

That's cool. But then... there was nothing else.

Traditionally, this was the part where the roster for the next season would be revealed. At the very least, we'd get a tease of the silhouettes. This didn't happen.

Days later, we learned that there were no plans to offer a season pass in 2019. I'm sure there were many who refrained from purchasing Kage by this point as they were holding off for the season pass to reveal itself.

We know that Capcom is "doing things differently" this season. Having said that, we've yet to get any confirmation as to what this actually means.

Much to the disappointment of many, Fight Money rewards were effectively nerfed with no reasons given. The weekly missions that gave 5,000 2,500 Fight Money simply don't exist anymore. The rewarding Extra Battles now only allow for one attempt instead of three.

Capcom, where is the communication that came about during Season 3 when the entire DLC roster was revealed up front?

At the conclusion of Capcom Cup 2017, Sakura's trailer was immediately revealed by Yoshinori Ono. As Capcom's polls indicated, this was a popular fan favorite.

What was really exciting came shortly after that. The entire Season 3 roster was revealed. We learned that Blanka, Falke, Cody, G, and Sagat would be joining Sakura for Season 3.

During Evo 2018, parts of G's speech was pass around and it was up to the community to piece everything together. Having the voice actor for G come up on the stage was also super exciting to see.

It also helped that we were nearing the release of Arcade Edition which had the potential to change the meta a bit with the ability to choose between two different V-Triggers for each character.

As for Capcom Cup 2016, Akuma was officially shown for Street Fighter 5 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was first revealed. Keep in mind that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's problems didn't really come to light until later. At the time, there was only hype surrounding this game.

Later, we were given some information about Street Fighter 5's Season 2 roster that received some mixed responses. Outside of Akuma, every character released for that season would effectively be a newcomer.

We were then treated to some silhouettes. These kept the fans guessing who might fit these shadows for many months.

So what do we know about Season 4 so far? Well, Capcom is "doing things differently" this year. That's it.

No season pass. No silhouettes. We don't even have confirmation that there will be six DLC characters this year.

This has prompted the community to speculate that we might be getting less than six characters for Season 4. It is also believed by some that Season 4 might be the last season.

Remember that Capcom plans to support Street Fighter 5 up to 2020. There may or may not be a Season 5.

If Season 4 really is the final season, then that's something that should be communicated to the fans of the series. "Doing things differently" doesn't leave any room for fans to speculate as far as future content is concerned.

Kage and Season 4 being available immediately following Capcom Cup was cool. Following it up with radio silence about the rest of Season 4 made it feel very lacking. It's as though something is missing.

Even if Capcom is unable to directly communicate what's going on, the lack of hints and teases is causing the hype to go stagnant. Fans want to have something to be excited about.

We've clearly seen that Capcom is capable of hitting grand slams with their announcements and communication. Even just some small hints here and there can go a long way.

Right now, it doesn't feel like there's anything to talk about. This also means that there's no reason to be excited about future content.

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