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Street Fighter V

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Street Fighter V
Game Information
PlayStation 4
Release Date(s):
WW: 2016-02-16
JP: 2019-03-14

Street Fighter V[edit]

Street Fighter V was released in 2016, replacing Ultra Street Fighter IV as the mainline title in the series. It remained the main Street Fighter game until Street Fighter 6 was released in June of 2023.

The game was released during a period of financial difficulty for Capcom,[1] who have since admitted that they were forced to release it before it was ready.[2] As a result, the game was very bare-bones at launch, featuring only 16 playable characters and basic online versus play; it offered no arcade mode or story mode, no combo trials, or anything else that players had come to expect from fighting games.[3] As a result, the game was heavily criticized by press and users alike,[4][5][6][7][8] and the game did not meet Capcom's sales expectations.[9]

Despite the rocky launch and the bad publicity that followed, the game sold well enough for Capcom to continue to iterate on the title, and they would improve it significantly over the next several years.[10][11] They would also continue to support the competitive players, providing increasing prize pools via Capcom Cup and the Capcom Pro Tour.[12] Today the game is feature-complete, with a full roster of 45 characters and a significant amount of single-player content.

Competitive legacy[edit]

Despite the mediocre critical reception of the game, the competitive scene remained healthy. Much like its predecessor, Street Fighter V became one of the biggest competitive fighting games in the world during its timespan. Evolution 2016 broke records by having the highest number of entrants for any fighting game in history at that time,[13] and the top 8 bracket aired on ESPN 2.[14] Capcom Cup would also offer increasing prize pools over the next several years.[12]

Recent and upcoming tournaments[edit]

Note: Full tournament listings are available in the Tier tabs at the top of the page.

External links[edit]


  1. "Capcom can’t afford to make Street Fighter V". Critical Hit. 2013-10-21.
  2. "From Redemption | Street Fighter V". Maximilian Dood. 2023-06-02. "We later find out that the game had to launch; that SFV--if it did not launch in the period it did, and the timeframe--Capcom might not have survived."
  3. "Street Fighter V is a long, disappointing way from being finished". PC Gamer. 2016-02-15. "There is literally no way of having a traditional, best-of-three-rounds match against a CPU opponent. ...[T]he tutorial is a three-minute insult. ...No special move training. No combo instructions."
  4. "Review: Street Fighter V". Slant. 2016-02-23. "Because of this, Street Fighter V feels more like an irritatingly incomplete service than a game that cares about its legacy."
  5. "Street Fighter V review – an ambitious but unfinished reboot". The Guardian. 2016-02-15. "And now, on arrival, the Street Fighter V of February 2016 is plainly unfinished, with many of its modes and functions unavailable."
  6. "Street Fighter V Review | IGN". IGN. 2016-02-15. "As of right now, Street Fighter 5 has terribly little to offer if single-player content is what you're looking for."
  7. "Street Fighter 5 review". Polygon. 2016-02-23. "Street Fighter 5 isn't finished —€” and if you're looking for more than the ability to play against other people, there are many more promises of what will come than actual in-game content."
  8. "Capcom's Yoshinori Ono apologises for SFV server issues". PC Gamer. 2016-02-16. "Street Fighter is being hammered with negative Steam reviews—54% negative, in fact."
  9. "Street Fighter 5 Sales Miss Capcom Target By Huge Margin". Gamerant. 2016-05-09.
  10. "Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition review – Capcom’s redemption". Metro. 2018-01-19. "It’s still not quite the milestone Street Fighter IV was, but it is certainly one of the best one-on-one fighting games of this generation in terms of gameplay, online features, and now – at last – content."
  11. "Street Fighter 5 is one of gaming’s best redemption stories". Digital Trends. 2021-12-05. "But perseverance from Capcom showed us how a mediocre game can transform into a classic through its lifetime."
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Capcom Cup 2018: Prize Pool, Schedule, and How To Watch". Shacknews. 2018-12-13. "The Capcom Cup's base prize pool sits at $250,000, with $120,000 going to the grand prize winner. However, over the course of the year, Capcom has offered its annual CPT DLC pack. With 70 percent of the proceeds from sales going to the Capcom Cup 2018 pot, the prize pool now sits at over $400,000 and counting."
  13. "Street Fighter 5 nets record breaking 5,065 entrants at EVO 2016; here are the final registration numbers for each game". Eventhubs. 2016-07-01. "Street Fighter 5 - 5065"
  14. "EVO 2016 was a huge moment for Street Fighter V". PC Gamer. 2016-07-19. "The Street Fighter V top 8 from EVO 2016 this past weekend was broadcast on ESPN 2"