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Street Fighter V in trouble as sales stagnate at 100,000 since first month

by Ron Duwell | October 31, 2016October 31, 2016 7:00 am PDT

Street Fighter V isn’t in a good spot right now. A rough launch lacking offline modes and loaded with bugs held it back out of the gate, and the positive press hasn’t exactly been rolling in since. Capcom revealed the full sales figures in its latest financial report, and the game came up way short of its 2 million sales figures before the end of the fiscal year.

The game launched with sales at 1.4 million copies in the first month, and in its most recent report, Capcom confirmed that the game still stands at 1.4 million copies, selling less than 100,000 copies over the last half year. At this rate, it will certainly not make the 2 million mark Capcom was aiming for before the financial year closes.

DLC missed release dates, and popular characters have yet to appear in the game. While most of the bugs have been ironed out at this point, the positive press hasn’t carried over into the mainstream audience. Only fighting game enthusiasts seem to really care about Street Fighter V at this point.

Capcom looking for ways to recover

Capcom put a lot on the success of Street Fighter V, as evidenced by its rush to the market to beat the previous year’s fiscal results. The company needs the franchise to thrive after all the resources it sunk into it.

Currently, Capcom representatives are talking with the fanbase on how to move forward. Debates are open to a Super Street Fighter V or a Street Fighter V: Season 2 to reinvigorate the game’s reputation on the market. However, this flies in the face of the generation-long platform Capcom was trying to build with Street Fighter V, backtracking on the idea that incremental upgrades were a thing of the past for the series.

Street Fighter V was an exciting idea on paper, granting the option to unlock playable characters through playing and extending its success for an entire generation. It was ambitious, but it doesn’t seem to have paid off yet. The speed at which gamers consume games and move on to the next is simply too fast nowadays. What will it take to put Street Fighter V back on top?

Hopefully, Capcom finds an answer soon.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...