Will We Ever See Street Fighter On Xbox Again?
It’s become abundantly clear that Street Fighter V will remain a PS4 console exclusive indefinitely. Sony funded the development of the game to be a ‘platform’, with which all updates will be pushed to the singular copy of SFV, meaning there will be no new editions or expansions. However, ‘console exclusive’ means just that: a PC a version is available, therefore only the Xbox One goes without SFV at all. Anyone who may have hopes of this changing will be disappointed.
This has raised a more curious question, and one which most people seem to have overlooked: what becomes of Street Fighter on the Xbox altogether? As it stands, there is currently no available or planned Street Fighter game on the Xbox One. Specifically, not a single SF game is on the backwards compatible list, and there is no formal announcement of any SF game coming in the future, either as a remade port or new entry. Worrying.
In the first place, it isn’t like Capcom has anything against Xbox One, or Xbox as a whole. Dead Rising 3 was a launch title exclusive for the console, and several HD remakes have popped up such as Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition and Resident Evil Origins Collection. Capcom supported the Xbox 360 quite a bit with hidden gems such as Lost Planet, and surprised many by making the original Devil May Cry 4 available for Xbox 360, when it was initially a PS3 exclusive. Let’s not forget that the Street Fighter IV series had strong popularity on the 360, and was the main go-to console for tournaments and casual play alike. It’s with all this in mind that it makes the current state of things all the more confusing.
The usual argument presented against Xbox One these days is the ‘sales numbers’. People claim that the stronger sales on PS4 explains the overwhelming game developer support for the console, at the exclusion of the Xbox One. This makes sense to some degree, however the sales numbers aren’t so phenomenally different that it justifies all the third party exclusivity.
I am a firm believer that this practise hurts gamers, and locks them out of experiences for arbitrary reasons. I was firmly against the Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One timed exclusivity, as I know all too well how this isn’t fair when you’re on the other side. I spent years salty over not being able to play BlazBlue Chronophantasma on Xbox 360 (since it was a PS3 exclusive, despite previous titles being multiplatform), so I was glad to finally get the Extend version on Xbox One. Suffice to say, arguments about sales figures aren’t so damning that it legitimizes preventing people from having big third party games.
So where does that put us now? If you’re a Street Fighter fan, especially one who purchased their games on the 360, and never assumed that the Xbox One would be locked out of the series, you’re in a tight spot. The obvious choice for backwards compatibility would be the latest SF game: Ultra Street Fighter IV, however it is currently only on PS4 as a port. Sony’s partnership with Capcom may have something to do with this, but does it suggest that this restricted a Xbox One port and/or a backwards compatible transfer?
There are plenty of other SF games on the 360 such as Third Strike Online Edition, Street Fighter II HD Remix and others, but none of these seem to be coming to Xbox One in any form whatsoever. And it isn’t like the Xbox One is without fighting games at all; with the exception of Guilty Gear Xrd and Street Fighter V, all new major fighting games are on the console, and Skullgirls was recently made backwards compatible from its Xbox 360 version. The communities for Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, and BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend are all going strong on the Xbox. The only thing missing is, you guessed it, Street Fighter.
It may very well be that Xbox players will have to accept that the Sony partnership with Capcom for SF will be a restriction for a long time. SFV recently launched, so it would be premature to discuss any future games to come to multiplatform just yet. It’s important to note that the Street Fighter series isn’t exactly loyal to one platform alone, and has been console exclusive to different ones throughout the years. It’s just a shame that currently the Xbox One might not be seeing the series for a very long time, if ever at this point.
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