It is no secret that Street Fighter 5 is not one of the most well-liked fighting game. Terrible word of mouth and an almost willful ignorance of the casual audience caused the game to get off to a terrible start over a year ago when it released.
However, the game has been able to survive almost entirely on the popular competitive scene.
While that may have been fine for 2016, a bunch of fighting games worthy of note are coming out in 2017. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tekken 7, and Injustice 2, just to name the biggest ones, are all set to release at different points throughout the rest of the year.
So how are other people feeling about Street Fighter 5?
One of the most popular fighting game personalities, Maximilian Dood, released a video today discussing his thoughts on the current state of Street Fighter 5. The video you can find below.
The video does clock in at 17:15 in length but I feel Max tells the hard truth about the game and it certainly worth the entire listen.
He also talks about Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tekken 7, and Injustice 2 at certain points, mainly that these games are in the position to entice gamers who are not being satisfied with Street Fighter 5.
I wholeheartedly agree with most of what he is saying in the video. The game feels clunky and awkward compared to SFIV and had terrible sales and word of mouth at its release. The game has not seen any new mechanics brought into the game like new v-triggers, v-skills, and/or Critical Arts. The netcode is still pretty terrible and it has been recently announced that the repairs that everyone is desperate to have finally implemented to the online play have been delayed to an unknown date.
And yet, the competitive e-sports portion of the game is rapidly growing and is even being featured on TV. Is it simply because of the weight of being the most popular fighting game franchise in history that is carrying it? Despite a lot of players, including myself, having grievances about the game that have yet to be answered, Capcom did exactly what it sought out to do. Capcom focused almost solely on the competitive scene of SF5 and not only is it doing well, it is keeping the game afloat where basically any other franchise would have sank a long time ago.
What will happen to Street Fighter 5 this year? With so many other big contenders like Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tekken 7, and Injustice 2 set to release this year, will the Street Fighter franchise finally be dethroned? Will the most popular fighting game franchise in history finally take a back seat to one of its rivals? Or will the competitive scene of Street Fighter 5 continue to keep the game’s head above water?
What are your thoughts about the future of Street Fighter 5?