Street Fighter’s Ono doesn’t want to stop the series at four

FOUR O KEN!

Fighting games are once again a popular genre, and you can thank Street Fighter 4 for that. The game resuscitated the genre with a life-saving hadouken back in 2008. So where’s the inevitable sequel? According to overworked Street Fighter big cheese Yoshinoro Ono, he’d love to have another proper Street Fighter game out. But that requires a ton of cash.

Speaking to 4gamer, Ono said that he doesn’t want to “stop” Street Fighter’s “main numbered series at four.”

“Realistically speaking, developing a title for next-gen consoles requires a huge amount of staff members, and a large sum of money,” Ono said. “The issue of money also applies to everyone else, as it’ll be required to invest in a new console, game, and arcade stick.”

Several fighting games these days are also looking at harnessing the free-to-play model for business, sucha s Tekken Revolution, Killer Instinct and Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate. That’s a great idea according to Ono. But it needs to be able to make some of that development cash back in the process:

If you look at fighting games as a competitive sport, one might say the more players, the better. Going F2P lowers the hurdle of needing money to start, which I believe is one the ideal parts about it.

On the other hand, knowing whether a company can guarantee [recovering] the development cost is something to which I don’t currently see an answer. So, I’d like to think about it a little more after seeing how well Harada (Tekken series producer) and Hayashi (Dead or Alive series producer) handle it.

For Fighting games, we’re always thinking about finding ‘something’ which can be acquired by paying money. If can find that, I believe things would go smoothly.

As for Street Fighter 4, it’s releasing itself yet again next year as Ultra Street Fighter 4, adding new characters and tweaks to Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition. But don’t expect to see it on PS4, Wii U or Xbox One, as nothing has been announced yet for those consoles.

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Author:Darryn Bonthuys

Because he's the writer that Lazygamer deserves, but not the one it actually needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can't take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a loud-mouthed journalist, a watchful procrastinator. A dork knight.
  • Admiral Chief Minion 47

    Header, I see what you did there :p

    • Trevor Davies

      Wow that’s a bad pun :(

  • Wtf101

    Want it to work? Bring back a big fat machine in a big fat Greek’s shop. Make it scream “Hadouken!” when you put in your 20c.

    • Hammersteyn

      Was a Portuguese shop in my neighborhood, man SF2 was everywhere. If a shop had machines it was either SF2,Pac Man or a Neo Geo game.

    • RinceDAmasterdebata

      The hours I spent doing that. Good times, good times.

    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      Make it run on Chappies. PROFIT!

      • Wtf101

        Oh Em Gee! You know what you reminded me of? Our café had these two big rockets in the store. You put in 2c and turn this handle and out would come two bubble gum balls! Your aim was to “win” one of the toys. My dad won this soccer figurine once. He still has that on his key ring.
        Happy childhood memories…

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    Unrelated but I remember when arcade machines were 50 c

    • Hammersteyn

      20c for me. Even tokens at Wonderland in N1 City was 20c. Feeling ancient right now.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Man , I wish I was born in that Era, I was 50c. now it’s a rand, 3 Tokens to play Time Crisis 1 …. holy krap

      • Trevor Davies

        I remember that too.

      • Brady miaau

        Yip, me too.

        Ah, Joe something or other.

        and Moon Patrol.

        • Wtf101

          Knuckle Joe?

      • CaptainNemo42

        Was the 20c for me too. I sometimes got lucky when my mom was in a hurry and gave me a two R2s instead of two 20c coins. Man those were the days.

  • OVG

    4 to the power of 99. That is how manly blasted versions they come up with.

  • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

    That header image is freaking me out… demon spawn

  • Martin du preez

    Still waiting for Superduper Ultra Mega Street Fighter IV Ultimate Edition Reloaded HD.

    • Tbone187

      …Turbo.

  • Ace530

    Hello

  • Ace530

    The ps4 needs to get the fighting ball rolling by 2015 or something! Make ps4 the evo standard already

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