OK, hear me out on this.
So, with Yatagarasu and Skullgirls, we’ve proven that the FGC has the means to crowdfund smaller, indie-er fighting games, as well as the desire to, depite anyone’s opinions on said games.
In recent news, Capcom has said, to my understanding, that the resources don’t exist to make Street Fighter V aaaaaaaany time soon, to the dismay of SF fans (and Marvel, Darkstalkers, and X Tekken fans. If their flagship fighter ain’t getting anything, their other francises don’t look so hot either). The reaction from many seems to be “But we want it really bad!”
Hypothetically speaking, what if Capcom were to crowdfund (via Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or their kin) the next numbered Street Fighter title? Obviously, the biggest issue with this is the sheer quantity of cash monies needed to fund a game like this theoretical Street Fighter V. Yatagarasu and Skullgirls were much smaller projects comparatively, and their success might not equate to the success of a much larger title. However, Street Fighter obviously has a much larger fanbase, so perhaps the funding would scale as needed. Perhaps this Kickstarted Street Fighter V could return to some high quality sprites, perhaps (if only temporarily) stepping back from the visual style of SFIV, returning to Third Strike-style visuals.
The benefit of crowdfunding would, if the crowdfunding was done properly, be increased community input on the game. Capcom seems…decent on this front currently (provided we completely ignore X Tekken), but if Street Fighter V was crowdfunded, backers could have votes to see who to bring in, and perhaps we could see a game which includes Alex, R. Mika, Charlie, or anyone else that people wanted to see (coughSkullomaniacough). Backers could test the game, have input on the balance, the moves, and other such details that relate to the FGC.
The stretch goals seem pretty easy to figure out: Kickstarter-exclusive skins, soundtracks, fan swag like posters and T-shirts, all the way up to arcade sticks, perhaps even cabinets. The specifics behind offering such things is beyond my knowledge of the subject, but that seems the best way to go about it.
So, what does SRK think? Would you support a SFV crowdfunding project, even if it meant a possible downgrade on the visuals (inb4 sprites are the graphical alpha race)? Would you be cool with characters being added by crowd poll, and who would you want to be able to vote on? Perhaps most importantly of all, could this work?