Personally my intentions are selfish - as they should be, I'm a paying customer, but it's not for content or cheap shit ( I rarely waste money on digital content)
I'd just like to see the game get rejuvenated after the bad start. I'd rather there be 1000 players with half of them brand new and half pissed off than just the original 500 players saying " yeah but you said no more games"
That's how shit slowly dies. They need cash from somewhere and there's only so many Chun Li costumes that can keep Ono in his playboy mansion.
It's not like most of us haven't spent hundreds of dollars on new versions over the years, fuck they even got us to buy SFXT...
I think they could pull this off if they create a free to play version new players can download through the PSN and Steam stores similar to how DoA 5 Core Fighters is doing it and tie it to the account. Have it start off with like maybe 4 characters or something. The free to Play model is practically in place.
Sure there may be concerns about smurfing and increased chance of rage quits, but hopefully they can set things in place to prepare for that.
Whatever works, I know there was a shit ton of people that started FGs with SSF4 after Vanilla. I can't see how some form of re-Fresh wouldn't be good for the game.
I don't see why they don't just go F2P at this point. It would provide the perfect opportunity for a re-release and could bring in tons of new players. Since Capcom are greedy dirtbags they should be the first to realize that F2P is more profitable than B2P these days, even if F2P still has a bit of a stigma around it. Maybe that stigma is more pronounced in Japan? IDK.
But I will say... Riot is probably working on a F2P fighting game of some sort if the Radiant purchase is any indication... if Capcom doesn't tap into the F2P audience before Riot, they are going to lose out on MILLIONS of customers even if Riot's FG is a steaming turd.
Remember that this is exactly what Riot did with LoL... they took a game/genre that was still relatively niche (Dota) and monetized it by dumbing down the gameplay and adding microtransactions. Now their game is the most popular in the world.