Street Fighter is one of the biggest names in the fighting game genre, and while the franchise has had its ups and downs, the series remains strong – especially in the current lead up to the release of Street Fighter 6. With the positive pre-launch reception, it is safe to say that SF6 will be huge for Capcom. That said, we now know exactly how big the publisher is hoping for the game to be.
As part of an interview conducted by Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu (and translated by VGC), Capcom President Haruhiro Tsujimoto was asked about Street Fighter 6’s expanded scope when compared to previous entries (including the likes of the alternate control scheme and the greatly-expanded single-player mode) and how this has affected development costs.
In response, Tsujimoto stated “The Street Fighter series is our flagship title, so we had no hesitation in investing in it. Street Fighter V has already sold over 7 million copies, so if we can make use of our digital sales experience, we should be able to aim for 10 million copies with the next game. That’s why we’re trying to do everything we couldn’t do before with Street Fighter 6 – that’s why we’re where we are today.”
10 million copies would be huge, and would put SF6 just shy of the top 5 best-selling fighting games of all time – behind Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (30.44 million); Street Fighter II (15.5 million); Mortal Kombat 11 (15 million); Super Smash Bros. Brawl (13.32 million); Mortal Kombat X (12 million) and Tekken 7 (10 million).
Despite being founded all the way back in 1979, many of Capcom’s best-selling games of all time were released in recent years – with 8 of the top 10 launching in the past 7 years. If there ever was a time for Street Fighter to return to its former days of glory, Street Fighter 6 looks to be the best shot yet.
KitGuru says: What do you think of Tsujimoto’ statement? Will Street Fighter 6 sell 10 million copies? How long do you think it will take for the game to hit such a figure? Let us know down below.