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Ono keen on Street Fighter V, may consider free-to-play

Next-gen games "require a huge number of staff members and a lot of money"

Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono says he doesn't want the series to stop at Street Fighter IV.

In an interview with 4Gamer, Capcom's Ono was asked for his thoughts on the future of fighting games on next-gen consoles.

"I don't want to stop Street Fighter's main series at Street Fighter IV," he replied. "Realistically though, developing a title for next-gen consoles will require a huge number of staff members and a lot of money. This issue of money also applies to the gamer, as it'll be needed to invest in a new console, game, and arcade stick."

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When asked if free-to-play might be an option, Ono confirmed that it was something he was looking into but wasn't entirely convinced by yet.

"If you look at fighting games as a competitive sport, some would say the more players there are the better," he said. "Going with a free-to-play model would lower the initial cost, which is one of the main positives about it.

"On the other hand, whether we could guarantee that we'd recoup development costs is something I don't currently have an answer for, so I'd like to see how well Harada (Tekken producer) and Hayashi (Dead Or Alive producer) handle it first and think about it more after that."

Three large fighting game franchises are getting the free-to-play treatment this year. The first is Tekken Revolution, which is available now on PS 3 and features eight characters with an option to buy more.

The upcoming Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will also get a free-to-play version on PS 3 called Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters, while a free-to-play Killer Instinct is coming to Xbox One.

Ono is currently working on Ultra Street Fighter IV, a 2014 update to the Xbox 360 and PS3 fighter with five new characters and six new stages.

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