Street Fighter 5 in 'early planning stages'

Yoshinori Ono responds to "pay-for-advantage" reports

Street Fighter series producer Yoshinori Ono has confirmed that Street Fighter 5 is in "early planning stages" at Capcom.

[E3 2014: All the news | All the Nintendo news | All the Sony news | All the Microsoft news | All the new Xbox One/PS4 games | All the videos and trailers]Ono addressed the new game on his Twitter account as he headed off reports that it would would include a "pay-for-advantage system".


According to an E3 report from Sports Nippon, translated by EventHubs, the system was being considered as a way to let new players stand a better chance against veterans who would otherwise handily defeat them every time.

"The SFV news today about a pay to win model is not accurate and isn't something we're planning for," Ono said. "Sorry for the confusion! We're still in early planning stages and will
share more at a later date."

The report also stated that Capcom would like to implement in-game spectating for high-profile matches for the next title. It added that Street Fighter 5 is being targeted for release on PS4 and Xbox One, though it is likely years away from release.

Street Fighter IV released in 2008, the first new numbered entry in the series in a decade. In our review of Ultra Street Fighter IV, the game's latest version, we said it "breathes new life into one of the best fighting games ever".