So its no surprise that as of late, Street Fighter 5 and the Capcom Pro Tour has upset a lot of people. Particularly pro players, it seems. From Infiltration criticizing the way the Capcom Pro Tour was ran and how it treated its players (especially during the Capcom Pro Tour finals), along with SFV’s Season 2 to ChrisG calling the game “AIDS”, the hype for the game seems to be dying.
Yet, we have heard nothing from the people who brought this upon us. Capcom‘s lips have been sealed and it has been to their detriment. Threads of their “incompetence” can be seen on various threads with the common question being, “What were they thinking?!” Imagine, the big faces of your money making eSports league exclusive to your games call it trash and all Capcom does is sit on their hands. The silence is deafening and shows that they either know they screwed up or don’t care they screwed up. Hell, we haven’t even heard anything about the DLC characters for season 2!
Now, I personally have my frustrations with Season 2 (they completely ruined F.A.N.G. and Alex for me) but I find the game enjoyable. Several others seem to as well since there is no shortage of matches to engage in. Jump in right now and you’ll have a match within a minute. Even pros who hate the game still play it. They even go so far as to say that Street Fighter 4 was better, but never so far that they’ll boot that up and play it instead.
|I remember when F.A.N.G. was playable.|
Capcom has to act. Do something. Say something. Reassure its fans with SOMETHING. SFV already had various stigmas and problems on launch and this lax attitude on a major complaint needs some sort of addressing. This goes far beyond the need to “git gud”. We are past that. The game as of right now has been declared busted by the FGC. While it still has people willing to play it, how long will that last? The game could slowly die off like so many others and be gone within the year.
As I said, the Street Fighter legacy can only take a game so far. Sure, people are to this day playing Super Street Fighter 2. So much so that now they’ll have a new edition to get into. But not every Street Fighter is a Street Fighter 2. How many people do you see playing the Street Fighter Alpha series right now? Or the Street Fighter EX series? Or…STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN?? They aren’t terrible, but they prove that legacy can only keep a game afloat for so long.
A second patch, some reassurance that rebalancing is in the works, their “vision” for SFV Season 2 that explains its current state, or some kind of recognition that they busted the game would be enough. It would show that they cared about the fans as much as they cared about the eSports money. They were on such a roll with their DLC policies and fan feedback on character picks. But, as they tend to do, Capcom found a way to screw it all up. Now is the time to fix that or this game will die off, no matter how hard you shove it in the public’s face.
So. What do you guys suggest? How should Capcom proceed with the current state of SFV? Can it be fixed? Let us know what you think.