Capcom has announced plans to support its latest fighting game, Street Fighter V, until 2020. Speaking with Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Eventhubs), the game’s producers Yoshinori Ono and Tomoaki Ayano say that they plan to continue support for the game with the release of new content for the next four years.
The duo were unable to give an answer when asked if they had any plans to release other fighting games in the meantime, and reaffirmed their desire to “solidify Street Fighter V as an eSports title.”
“I said in the beginning that we’ve seen a higher number of [tournament] entrants than we had in the Street Fighter 4 era, but we’d like to heighten that even further,” he said.
“The more people participate, the bigger tournaments we can host, and the more people are going to watch them, which is directly connected with our sales, and that’s going to decide the future.”
It makes a lot of sense that they’ll want to continue supporting the game instead of moving on to something else given how much effort they’ve already put into it. Releasing new fighting games would only dilute the title as an eSport and cannibalize their own audience.
Capcom is holding the Capcom Cup next weekend at the PlayStation Experience event, where it’s also expected to announce new fighters and stages.