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'Street Fighter V, in any iteration, will never release on Xbox One'


Last year December, Capcom announced that Street Fighter V will be a PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive. Given the fact that Street Fighter IV also released on Xbox, many hoped that Street Fighter V would also eventually release on Xbox One. Capcom dealt a Hadouken to those hopes in an interview with Gamespot. Let's take a look at the interview before we discuss the fallout of Capcom's decision.

"Exclusivity deals are for the fans"

Xbox One fans hopes crushed, what's in store for PlayStation 4 and PC?

"One comment we see a lot is that something like a Super Street Fighter 5 is going to come out on Xbox," said the representative. "But the reality is that this is a real partnership. We are console exclusive for this franchise for this numbered run. We’re not talking about how we’re handling post-launch content, but I can say the relationship with Sony does open doors for things we haven’t been able to do in the past. The relationship serves a gameplay and development purpose, and not just a marketing value."

Remember Xbox chief, Phil Spencer's reply to the first announcement?

"Business deals happen. We won't do all of them. When we have a 1st party franchise in a genre I'd rather invest in ours. I'd love it if Xbox fans could play all of the games, but business just makes some deals happen. It's all part of competition."

But what if the "competition" hurts the industry more than benefits it?

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All exclusivity deals are not created equal

What else could he say after their deal with Square Enix over Rise of the Tomb Raider? On the other hand, that's a timed exclusive deal whereas Sony and Capcom's with Street Fighter V is exclusive, period. No, wait, that's also not correct, Street Fighter V is also coming to PC, so only Xbox One is excluded. How fair is that to Street Fighter Xbox fans? I understand it's just business and all that, and exclusivity deals do have a purpose, but completely burning a whole group of fans who supported your previous installment?

When is it greed and when is it looking out for the fans?

Is it even really about the fans, or is it only about which company brings the most cash to the table? I would love to know what Sony promised Capcom in exchange for the exclusivity deal. Allowing PC into the Street Fighter V fold is also an interesting move. Microsoft promised (again) a renewed focus on PC gaming, and with Window 10 they want to "...break down the walls between platforms,..", Fable Legends being the first example. I also wonder if Sony's endorsement that will open doors previously unavailable to Capcom will also extend to the PC version of Street Fighter V.

What can the exclusivity deal bring to the game that will make it so much more superior? Would the game really be that different? Will Capcom tweak Street Fighter V to be an ultra version on PS4? How will the deal improve the gameplay? Would the gameplay really be that much different if Capcom didn't have Sony on board? Will Sony's resources enable Capcom to have better advertising campaigns? Perhaps they'll have the funds to run more eSports events and massive launches. I just don't know if it outweighs dropping Xbox One fans.

Do you think Street Fighter V's PlayStation 4 and PC exclusivity deals is good or bad?

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