Yoshinori Ono Apologizes for Street Fighter V Launch Woes, Promises to Continue Working Hard on the Game

A new interview with Street Fighter V producer Yoshinori Ono and 4gamer has some interesting tidbits regarding the game’s shaky launch.

In the interview, Ono said that Capcom and his team are “very sorry for the various inconveniences experienced by everyone around the time of the game’s launch.” He went on to thank the fans that stuck by the game:

“Thanks to everyone who stayed with us and never gave up,” Ono said. “I believe we have sold over 2 million copies, making 2.5 million copies sold seemingly possible.”

Ono also joked a bit, saying “I was able to make a good comeback at the company without getting chased out. I’m really happy for that (laughs).” The producer also teased up how long the game will officially be supported at Capcom.

“It’s only been two years since release,” Ono said. “Street Fighter IV operated for 8 years, so considering that, I have to keep working hard for another six years (laughs).”

Street Fighter V is now available for PC and PlayStation 4.

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  1. Rough
    December 27, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I can’t bring myself to hate Ono.

  2. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    December 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Devil May Cry 2 release date:
    January 25, 2003

    Devil May Cry 3 release date:

    February 17, 2005

  3. goodbyejojo
    December 27, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    nah, eff that, i’ll be too busy playing FighterZ

  4. RichardGristle
    December 27, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I’ll do it enough for both of us.

  5. Mr0303
    December 27, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Ironically having some of the same DLC issues as SFV.

  6. DizzyGear
    December 27, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    How about growing a fucking spine and revert the censorship you sneakily patched into SFV over those 2 years Mr Ohno?
    Until then i’ll take my money elsewhere for my 2d fighter fix.

  7. DizzyGear
    December 27, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    There is no DMC2. They skipped straight to DMC3 for some reason. Again: There is no DMC2

  8. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    December 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I just finished it yesterday. It’s real, and it’s one of the worst games ever made.

  9. DizzyGear
    December 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    No. It doesn’t exist. Nope. There is no DMC2.

  10. GameZard
    December 27, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Why haven’t Capcom chased this cunt out of their office yet?

  11. Lezard Valeth
    Lezard Valeth
    December 27, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I feel i already heard that from him. Still not interessted in going back to this game.

  12. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    December 28, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Puts out an early access title under the guise of finished product for the sake of a pro tournament. Retards core mechanics for the sake of a broader audience. You funny, Crapcom.

  13. Ebicentre
    December 28, 2017 at 12:40 am

    You wanted to appease corporatists and SJWs with your game, but then tried backtracking on the latter with your female characters, by giving them costumes no-one can use competitively thanks to the former. Even after adding all these costumes to try sucking up to the otaku/anti-SJW crowd, you continued to censor the game after its launch by either removing “offensive” music, or allowing soon-to-be-dead sports channels to force players to choose politically correct costumes on their women during important matches. Your game is a colossal failure compared to the likes of Tekken 7 and even the original Street Fighter IV, and you made the game impossible for beginners by lowering the skill gap and making it easier than ever for the best players to absolutely rape everyone else. In addition, not only does your online play suck tranny balls, but you continue to frustrate competitive players with balance changes that purposefully make certain characters objectively worse – you went as far as forcing Daigo’s hand by making him stop playing Ryu in favour of Guile to get anywhere competitively.

    You are a disgrace to the wider fighting game community, your only defenders are the shills at places like Eventhubs and Shoryuken.com, and you think you’re hot shit because you created SF4 during the fighting game drought. Fuck you, Yoshinori Ono. I will never purchase nor play Street Fighter V.

  14. GamesGoodMeGood
    December 28, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Rainbow Mika’s butt-slap, Cammy’s camera angle and Cammy’s nipples. Not to mention the alleged censorship of Juri Han judging by the early rendition artworks of her.

    Thanks for Menat, but Capcom can still f*ck off.

  15. GamesGoodMeGood
    December 28, 2017 at 1:36 am

    He really should just stick to dragging himself up in Chun-Li costumes and acting like a clown because he’s s*it at directing fighting game production.

  16. VanFinale
    December 28, 2017 at 3:31 am

    If they want me to buy the game all they have to do is keep all the censorship in something like a “tournament mode” or something that you can toggle on or off. That makes the game safe for display on ESPN or whatever the fuck. However let me continue to play an unmolested version of the game without having to install a pile of mods just to play the game in the way the artists originally made it look.

  17. 2501
    December 28, 2017 at 6:12 am

    SFV feels like some sort of cult to me. It’s the only game in it’s genre to have the biggest push to become an “esport” and despite it’s divisive reception – it still gets the most entrants in tournaments and the FGC.

    Like there are so many things wrong with SFV that it feels like the game was purposely designed that way, like the 6-frames of lag restricting movement+blocking, the crush-counter destroying the neutral game, the stun-bar being a touch of death, and destroying legacy characters like Ryu.

    SFV just takes away the legacy skill that past SF games had in an attempt to make their game easier for beginners and by doing that they take pro-players down to their level by adding these restrictions. I doubt any SF veteran enjoys playing this game.

  18. Jettythesunfish
    December 28, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Wait…”offensive music”? What?

  19. Jettythesunfish
    December 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I don’t know, guy. The horrible launch aside, you didn’t have any qualms about bending over backwards for the whining SJW minority (most of whom will not even play your game anyway, I mean if R.Mika’s ass offends people, I think her entire outfit would be more off putting), then having the audacity to lie about it to fans.

  20. bdp
    December 28, 2017 at 8:49 am

    How about making a game worth buying at launch? Now i just wait for the inevitable Arcade HyperEX Turbo etc edition to release for every capcom game

  21. Rough
    December 28, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Thanks, babe :)

  22. Mantiskilla
    December 28, 2017 at 9:50 am

    “Soon to be dead sports channel”

    Uh I think you got a little lost in your rant with that line haha. ESPN2 is far from being a dead channel. It’s cool we all exaggerate at times

  23. GamesGoodMeGood
    December 28, 2017 at 9:54 am

    What makes it worse is that Capcom are a Japanese developer.

  24. RPG
    December 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Buying Street Fighter V on launch is probably the most regretted video game purchase I have ever made in my life.

  25. Mr0303
    December 28, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Buying any Capcom game on launch nowadays is not a good idea.

  26. Lucy Taylor
    Lucy Taylor
    December 28, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    And just what the fuck is wrong with choosing the more modest costumes for the female characters? You do realize that when broadcasting this game on television sports channels like ESPN, women and girls are watching as well right? We don’t want to fucking see half-naked females with their private parts on their chests jiggling around like as if it’s for some porn show. Laura and Mika are bad enough as it is.

  27. Lucy Taylor
    Lucy Taylor
    December 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Please die.

  28. orbo
    December 28, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    “It’s only been two years since release,” Ono said. “Street Fighter IV operated for 8 years, so considering that, I have to keep working hard for another six years (laughs).”
    Uh huh, I don’t think so.
    The wii lasted a good 6-7 years too, but when the wiiu sales was dragging its heels again for the fourth year they jumped that faster than a sinking ship, just like crapcom isn’t going to support a dead game for eight years when they continually complain about not reaching absurd sales numbers like five million on their AAA shit just to break even on their over inflated budgets.

  29. Ebicentre
    December 28, 2017 at 10:59 pm


    You don’t speak for all women, bitch.

  30. Lucy Taylor
    Lucy Taylor
    December 29, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I don’t claim to speak for all women, but it’s clear that I speak for most women.

    And this is shown on social media, where the absolutely vast majority of girls and women on it have made it clear that they are not fond of women being sexualized in media.

    This is also shown by the fact that Western companies and businesses, in this case video game developers, have all taken what women have said seriously and have stopped depicting female characters as sex objects for the pleasure of straight men.

    It is also shown by the fact that more female designers and coders are being hired, and that these female designers/coders have made it their priority to design respectable female characters and stop the over-sexualization of them.

    Times are changing, video games are no longer for straight men.

    Suck it up, bitch.

  31. Ebicentre
    December 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Unless you plan on shunning and silencing women who disagree with you, you can kindly fuck off with your horseshit rhetoric.

  32. RPG
    December 29, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I definitely agree with you. I made an exception on this one case, because I had a tiny bit of hope that the method for unlocking characters would not be extremely grindy, there would be a good amount of content, and most of all, I wanted to get well acquanited with the mechanics so I could have a fighting chance in the competitive modes. Needless to say, I was disappointed, and I will never make that mistake again.

  33. Mr0303
    December 29, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    That’s understandable. I simply gave Capcom too many chances before that to adopt my policy of not getting their games day 1. I may break that rule if DMC5 is announced and there are no obvious red flags.

  34. Lucy Taylor
    Lucy Taylor
    December 29, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    The thing is, very few disagree with my beliefs. Most agree with my views. The fact that in the last few years, this new wave of equality all over the West and the fact that more girls and women are speaking up and dismissing the Patriarchal norms proves it.

    Feminism is rising. Feminism is now taught in schools, colleges and universities. All businesses and companies adopt and cater for feminist ideas. Politicians and governments follow feminist ideas.

    And I have never shunned and silenced women who disagree with me.

    Get used to this “horseshit rhetoric”.

    Get into the kitchen and make your girlfriend a sandwich, bitch.

  35. RPG
    December 29, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Yeah, SFV was the one time I went against my better judgement, and unfortunately it backfired.
    Haha. I was actually going to mention that DMC5 would probably be the one game that I would be tempted to buy on launch if, as you said, the typical bullshit does not find its way in to it.

  36. XimXim
    December 29, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Describe what you want by equality. What is ‘Feminism’ to you?
    To me, there are two types of it, the first are the people who genuinely want equality, and the second are people who wish to manipulate people for money and hiding behind a scapegoat whenever they are met with actual criticisms.
    Frankly caring what a two dimensional being who can’t even exist in a three dimensional space wears sounds absurd.

  37. Ebicentre
    December 29, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    You do know the reason I’m giving you one sentence responses is because I know you’re a troll, right?

  38. TsukuyomiMagi99
    December 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Typical SJW hypocrisy

    “Not all feminists are man hating misandrists!”
    “We women as a whole don’t like this!”

  39. Shoahvanist
    December 31, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Fewer than a million of those sales were at full price.

  40. Lucy Taylor
    Lucy Taylor
    December 31, 2017 at 6:26 am

    You’re giving all these one sentence responses because you know you have no argument. So instead of trying to argue or debate my points, you just play throw out the Troll card to make yourself look less stupid. It’s funny because this is becoming a regular occurrence with anti-SJWs.


  41. Ebicentre
    December 31, 2017 at 6:58 am

    To be perfectly honest, I don’t even read what you write – maybe a sentence, but you’re not worth responding to properly.

    Happy New Year.

  42. lmnoplibraryboy
    December 31, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Go KiLl YoUrSeLf BeCaUsE yOu ArE aTtRaCtEd To WoMeN