Fighting genre saturated? “I don’t think it will ever get quite that far,” says Ono

Friday, 29th July 2011 09:05 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Capcom fighting boss Yoshinori Ono has said that he doesn’t foresee the fighting genre becoming saturated anytime soon.

“Yeah, you can say that about a lot of genres too. For first person shooters, you have Call of Duty, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, and other games,” Ono told Siliconera at ComicCon.

“It would be awesome to get fighting games that big. I don’t think it will ever get quite that far, but I think it is possible for fighting games to thrive, you can see how long the FPS genre sustained itself without collapsing, and I think we can do the same this time.”

This comes as the fighting genre has seen a massive boom, which all started with Ono’s return and the release of Street Fighter IV in 2009. Since then, it’s all been going up, up, up. But for right now, it’s all about bringing new fans to the genre, according to the ever enthusiastic producer.

“The key is not just attracting new fans, but keeping current fans satisfied, keeping them plugged in, and interacting with the community through Capcom-unity and events like this,” said Ono.

“We need to make sure the player’s voices are heard and they feel cared for. As long as we treat the fans right and cater to them, I think they will stick with us for the long haul. I don’t think we will see the bubble burst like the way did in the ’90s.”

Ono’s latest involvement, Street Fighter x Tekken, launches next year for PS3 and 360.



  1. Eregol

    Saturation in the fighting genre? You’re having a laugh.
    You want to talk saturation, you should talk about FPSes and DSes.
    Nintendo really have flooded the market with handhelds and need to get a grip. It’s gone insane.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. varsas

    I don’t think releasing updates of games in under a year is going satisfy fans and it’s clear they player’s voices aren’t being heard.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. viralshag

    Like #1 said, comparing this corner of the market to some of the others out there and talking about saturation is crazy. I think we have a great selection of fighting games out at the moment; Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs Capcom and soon Street Fighter x Tekken… It’s a pretty great time for fighting games as they all bring something a little different to the table.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. varsas

    #3 If new games are only being in little differences then it will become boring.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. The_Red

    Yeah, because not every fighting game publisher is reselling the same fighting game twice a year with minimal upgrades as a retail game. So far this gen Capcom’s SF4 has had 3 retail releases and MvC3 is going to have it second. Tekken is starting to follow and if it continues, this stupid trend WILL over saturate the fighting market. Not naturally since the actual / main games are not too many but the stupid re-releases and updates…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Lewis247

    Yeah not with all the same title releases capcom keeps giving us..

    #6 3 years ago

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