The Street Fighter 5 Xbox One release date hasn’t been set for a reason. That reason is that, according to Capcom, the game isn’t coming to Xbox, ever.
This reveal came after months of speculation that SF5 was only a timed exclusive and Xbox One would eventually get one of Capcom‘s usual update versions. Sorry, Xbox fans, but the next Street Fighter you’re likely to get is SF6.
This was revealed by a Capcom representative speaking to GameSpot.
“One comment we see a lot is that something like [Super] Street Fighter 5 is going to come out on Xbox. But the reality is that this is a real partnership. We are console exclusive for this franchise for this numbered run.
We’re not talking about how we’re handling post-launch content, but I can say the relationship with Sony does open doors for things we haven’t been able to do in the past.
The relationship serves a gameplay and development purpose, and not just a marketing value.”
Microsoft head Phil Spencer has stated that he understands why SF5 is a Sony exclusive, and there won’t be a Street Fighter 5 Xbox One release date.
“Business deals happen. We won’t do all of them. When we have a first party franchise in a genre I’d rather invest in ours.
There is a mix of deals to do. But making sure we own IP [that] Xbox gamers love is critical [in my opinion].
I’d love it if Xbox fans could play all the games, but business just makes some deals happen. It’s all part of competition.”
Sadly, after what Capcom did with the updates to SF4, I honestly don’t care any more. Street Fighter 5, on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, doesn’t matter. I have lost my enthusiasm for the series. Street Fighter 4 was fun and had replay value. Ultra SF4 is just a cheap cash-in with a ramped-up difficulty aimed at hardcore gamers.
I am what many in the gaming community like to call a “filthy casual.” I could beat the original SF4 because the end boss, Seth, was still not cheap enough to be unbeatable if you knew the character well enough to get that far. The Ultra Street Fighter 4 PlayStation 4 port made him so cheap that I simply can’t take him out after the first round.
Plus there is the matter of the unskippable intro videos. There is no excuse for that, and it’s annoying.
I don’t play fighting games to be frustrated or sit through a video over and over. If this is a sign of what Capcom is going to do with the franchise from now on, I’ll skip SF5.
I won’t care if the Street Fighter 5 Xbox One release date is announced after all. If you enjoy it, have fun. I just won’t be joining you.
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