Capcom has responded to fan outrage about the in-game advertisements introduced to Street Fighter V. In a statement on Twitter, the executive produced of Street Fighter stated that they’re “collecting feedback” in order to “improve this new feature for players in the future.” In other words, it doesn’t seem likely that those ads are going away any time soon, if at all.
In case you don’t know what’s going on, let’s get you up to speed. Basically, Capcom now includes ads in Street Fighter V. They appear on the stage, on the costumes, and during loading screens. Currently, the ads cover stuff you can buy in the game, as well as tournaments and other such events. Enabling the ads grants you a small amount of in-game currency, which the game is already very, very stingy with. Of course, the fans are in an uproar about the ads, which is completely understandable, in my opinion.
Well, Capcom has published a response to the whole situation on the Street Fighter V Twitter account. The post is signed by the Street Fighter Executive producer, Yoshi Ono. Here it is in full: “We value and thank or community for providing feedback on the new Sponsored Content feature added to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition this week. We will continue collecting everyone’s feedback to consider how we can improve this new feature for players in the future.”
So, yeah, that’s a pretty generic, we-hear-you response. There’s not much that you can garner from it. Except, of course, the fact that those ads are here to stay. At least, for the time being. One can only hope that those ads are going remain just about in-game events and available microtransactions, and not start showing third-party commercials. Or, you can just turn the ads off, but that’s gonna seriously undercut your in-game cash flow, which is piddling as is. Maybe, if the players keep pushing, Capcom will eventually remove the ads, but I wouldn’t bet on that.