Street Fighter V‘s sales shortcoming has forced Capcom to admit that it should have spent more time developing the title, according to a recent briefing on the company’s financial results.
In a briefing to investors, Capcom CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto used the fighting game’s underperformance—selling only 1.4 million against a target of 2 million for fiscal year 2016—as a learning lesson on how to proceed with development cycles for key titles in the future.
“[W]e learned from the past year of operations, it’s best to spend a little more time in developing and running a high-quality title that will perform well globally,” Tsujimoto said, according to the translated results briefing. “For example, some aspects of Street Fighter V needed more polish, such as the lack of content and server issues at launch.”
Tsujimoto goes on to mention that investors should brace for lower sales given the longer development approach for “high-quality” titles, but predicts doing so is better for Capcom in the long term.