Okay, hang on.
I'm almost interested in trying SFV Sakura now. She's one of the characters I actually liked playing in SFIV, and the first impression looks relatively similar to that iteration of the character
...they're going to completely gut her AA-game "to compensate", aren't they? x_x
Compensate for what exactly?
Ooh, first reason why this game is good, hitboxes/hurtboxes are phenomenals. The tip of your normals is where they actually hit. Your normals aren't going through legs in this game.
How much of the games neutral would improve if more people had safe sweeps like Birdie? I've always felt like Birdie was one of the more footsie oriented characters in the game; in part to his ability to control space with big buttons like his sweep.
Safe sweeps are truly missed by me, they were a simple tool that required spacing and kept people in check who were walking in your potential range.
I would like them to make a comeback, but SFV dictates it to be not so.