Street Fighter V Coming “Before 2019”

The good news? Seth Killian, Capcom's Community Manager and resident fighting game expert, has gone said that the wait for the next Street Fighter game will be shorter than the gap between the third and fourth entries in the franchise. The bad news? That gap was a whopping ten years long.

"If I have anything to say about it, and I do, you will not have to wait ten years for Street Fighter 5," Killian told Eurogamer. "It will be before 2019. Now I'm going to be fired for promising Street Fighter 5 before 2019. I think I should be OK. We'll see. They'll do 2020 just to screw me and make me look like an ass."

When it was released in 2009, Street Fighter 4 kicked off something of a fighting game renaissance that's paved the way for the success of other sequels to iconic franchises, including Mortal Kombat and Marvel vs. Capcom. The competitive scene is as healthy as it's ever been, which huge tournaments like 

That makes Street Fighter 5 something of an inveitability, though it doesn't sound like Capcom is ready to talk about the game just yet, all joking about the release date aside. While Killian and the rest of the folks at Capcom may have no shortage of great ideas for how to keep the series fresh, things are still too preliminary to talk about them publicly.

"I have to be very guarded," Killian warns, "or the case will be some other game cops the idea. That happens all of the time."

Even with all the secrecy, it's comforting to know that we'll be getting a new Street Fighter before the Xbox 1080 and the PlayStation 5 hit stores.