Fighting game fans still have almost a year to wait before Street Fighter V is scheduled to release, but before then there’s set to be several opportunities for the most dedicated players to gain a sneak peek. Over the weekend, it was confirmed that a tournament next month will play host to such a preview.
Community Effort Orlando will host the Combo Breaker Ultra Street Fighter IV tournament in Florida over the weekend of June 26-28. Games like Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Mortal Kombat X will be in competition — and, as an added bonus, attendees will be able to count themselves among the first to try Street Fighter V.
The tournament is part of the Capcom Pro Tour, which is why the studio is bringing the new Street Fighter along. It seems that measures are already being taken to ensure that the fifth mainline installment in the venerable franchise can build as vibrant a competitive community as its predecessor has managed to.
Street Fighter IV did a lot to restore the series’ popularity, but it has to be said that it also played a major role in resuscitating the fighting game genre as a whole. The early 2000s saw many major franchises falter, but since then we’ve seen the scene begin to flourish once again.
However, Street Fighter V presents a different challenge for Capcom as it attempts to woo fans once again. The game is set to be exclusive to PlayStation 4 on home consoles, which might have a significant impact on how large its competitive player base can grow.
Street Fighter is undoubtedly a huge property — but, it remains to be seen whether the franchise has enough clout at present to go console-exclusive. Avoiding the Xbox means less players overall, and that’s the sort of thing that tournament organizers consider when they’re choosing which games to feature.
As such, it makes sense that Capcom is attempting to build a strong buzz around Street Fighter V on the tournament circuit. Exposure from events like this — not to mention the Twitch streams of top players — is crucial, even for the biggest franchises in the genre.
The enormous success of Mortal Kombat X demonstrates that a sustained period of pre-release hype can work wonders for a fighting game. Stay tuned to Game Rant for all the latest news and information about Street Fighter V as we get closer to the game’s release.
Street Fighter V is scheduled to release in the spring of 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PC.