Update: During the PlayStation Experience keynote on December 6, Sony confirmed the veracity of the leaked trailer and announced that Sony would release the only console versions of Street Fighter V “forever.” In addition, the PlayStation 4 version will offer cross-platform play with the PC version, Sony has announced.
The Venerable street fighter franchise will continue, but apparently not on Xbox consoles. That’s according to a brief teaser trailer for the upcoming one Street Fighter V, which surfaced briefly on Capcom’s YouTube channel this morning before being reset to private (archived version here). Screengrabs from that trailer indicate that the game is “a PS4 and PC exclusive.”
The short teaser takes a brief look through street fighter history and the fans of the series, with an impressive voiceover story about growing through struggle. The trailer makes no mention of a release window or details on whether the release is a timed exclusive or a more permanent agreement between Capcom and Sony. There’s been no mention of an arcade release either, which is surprising given the series’ origins and Street Fighter IV‘s success in Japanese arcades.
The leak comes ahead of tonight’s The Game Awards ceremony, which has promised some exclusive game reveals, and this weekend’s Sony PlayStation Experience fan event, both in Las Vegas. It also follows Square Enix’s surprise announcement in August that 2015 Tomb Raider title would be a timed exclusive on the Xbox One. Third-party console exclusives have become rarer over the years, but seem to be seeing a slight increase as some Japanese publishers target certain franchises to a few consoles in this generation (see also: bayonet 2 on the Wii U)
Assuming a 2015 release, the gap of about seven years between the original Street Fighter 4 And Street Fighter 5 is slightly longer than the six-year period in between SF2 And SF3but shorter than the 11-year gap between SF3 And SF4. The latest addition to the series, Ultra Street Fighter IVhit arcades, consoles and the PC earlier this year.