Street Fighter series executive producer Yoshinori Ono has talked about how Capcom has approached developing Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers on Nintendo Switch.
With the development team spanning those that had worked on the original Street Fighter II, those that are working on Street Fighter V and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, and recent graduates, the spread in age range has allowed the team to think about how to appeal to a wider demographic.
“Ultra Street Fighter II is being developed internally and the team is kind of an interesting one,” Ono explained to IGN. “We have some people who are old enough to have worked on Street Fighter 2, and then the people underneath that worked on Street Fighter 5 and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, which we announced back in December.
“We also have a group of really young developers in their mid-to-late ‘20s or who just graduated college. So we have a really wide range of ages inside of the development team, and it’s wide enough that the older folks on the team could be the parents of the younger ones. I think that matches the audience that Nintendo Switch has, so we feel that we could use that kind of relationship to find a good development point going forward for this title.”
When asked as to which age group is the most successful when the development team takes each other on, Ono admitted: “Unfortunately the younger developers are actually a little bit quicker, and the older people, who may have been amazing when they were younger, are starting to lose when they fight competitively against each other in the game. Some of the other developers and I are realising it’s really been 30 years, and we were much better at competitive play when we started on the Street Fighter series.”
Ono also revealed that there will be a mode with a simpler input method to attract casual players, sharing: “I mentioned it in presentations as something for people who are starting out and aren’t used to dishing out commands in Street Fighter, but secretly, I implemented it for the older players who might not be as good now to help them get that extra boost.”
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers will release on Nintendo Switch in March.