Street Fighter 5 Doesn’t Have Fan Favorite Characters Because Devs Wanted To Avoid Repetition in Roster
That’s as good a justification as any.
Now that we know the full roster for Street Fighter V – at least the starting roster, anyway – it seems as though a lot of fan favorite characters are not making the cut into the game. This has disappointed a lot of long time series fans, who were presumably hoping they would be able to play with their characters in the next entry of the storied franchise too.
However, during an interview with Famitsu (translated by Siliconera), producer Yoshinori Ono answered a few questions on why a lot of fan favorite fighters, like Sagat or Blanca, were missing from the game.
“It’s because there are many characters that perform similarly. For this launch and its next update, we wanted to have a good balance of characters. Since we didn’t want to just blindly increase the number of characters, it was a bitter decision that had to be made.”
“I understand that there are also many who wish to see other characters besides Sagat, such as Blanka and more. There’s a possibility that we may add more characters in some form later, so please look forward to that.”
Like Ono himself said, the possibility is that they will add the other characters later, through DLC- which is reasonable enough. Hopefully they don’t charge too much for them.