How has Street Fighter evolved over the last 25 years?
The basic gameplay design of Street Fighter has not changed since its inception; it’s still about using the options and strategies available to you to the fullest in order to defeat your opponent. What we want to do with each new game is to build on the foundations set before, and to add a new dimension of gameplay, while still keeping that Street Fighter flavor. One of the biggest changes to the series has been the advent of stable online netplay, and this has been a huge boon to the growth of communities all over the world.
What message would you like to send to fans with the 25th Anniversary celebrations?
Street Fighter has finally reached its 25th anniversary! As producer of the series, it’s my job to help make sure the series continues to grow around the world, so that we can enjoy the 30th, 50th, and 100th anniversary. The first step towards that goal is to show the fans how much we appreciate their love and support, and to that end we’ve planned a number of festivities surrounding the franchise. One of those being the awesome 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set that is jam packed with Street Fighter goodies, as well as a global tournament series, where players around the world can duke it out for over $500,000 worth of cash prizes and amenities. As an added bonus, the winner of the Street Fighter X Tekken global tournament will also receive a customized Scion FR-S sports coupe, so please check it out!
Where do you think Street Fighter will go over the next 25 years?
We wish to make Street Fighter one of the leading online competitive games out there. Instead of solely focusing on game design, we’re working to come up with services that can keep players engaged and think this is an important next step for the franchise.
As well, we want to support the pro-gamer and tournament scenes out there. The fans are the lifeblood of the game, and being able to help provide support for tournaments is something very important to us. Spectators have also become a key component to the entire Street Fighter experience, so if we can cultivate the “sporting atmosphere” aspect of it, that would also lead to a new evolution for the game as a whole.
How was the fantastic 25th Anniversary box set devised?
With the 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set, we wanted to give back to the fans that helped support the series for over 25 years. Not many brands get to celebrate a 25th anniversary, so we knew that we had to put something special together in order to truly show how grateful we were for all the love and support out there. Thus, we felt the best thing to do was to put together a collection that encompasses everything that Street Fighter represents. Not just games, but music, fashion, art, and other aspects as well. So while we do have games, we also have soundtracks, video content, an art book, and other great collectables as well. You will find the content of the set is so varied because we have such diverse fans. All of them have earned the right to say “I am Street Fighter,” and this set is a love letter from us to them.