When will the inevitable Street Fighter 5 come out?
Before 2019, Seth Killian, Capcom's fighting game guru, told Eurogamer as part of a new Street Fighter x Tekken interview published today.
2009's Street Fighter 4 launched ten long years after Street Fighter 3. Surely fighting game fans won't have to wait another ten years for Street Fighter 5?
"If I have anything to say about it, and I do, you will not have to wait ten years for Street Fighter 5," Killian said. "It will be before 2019. Now I'm going to be fired for promising Street Fighter 5 before 2019. I think I should be OK. We'll see. They'll do 2020 just to screw me and make me look like an ass."
10/10 fighter Street Fighter 4 not only revived the legendary series, but revived the fighting game genre.
Its success rejuvenated the game industry's love of fighting games - and proved how commercially successful they could be.
Since then we've seen a raft of fighting games launch, and scores are in the works, including Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter x Tekken, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soulcalibur 5, Tekken x Street Fighter and a new Dead or Alive.
Street Fighter 5, however, remains unannounced. But that hasn't prevented Killian from dreaming about it.
"Of course! I think I was nineteen at the time and I've been thinking about it continuously pretty much ever since."
He refused to reveal his ideas, though - for fear of having them pop up in rival fighting games.
"This is one of those trap questions where the more I say the less likely it is to come true, where it's like if I've got my idea out there and then there's one guy on the internet who says that's a stupid idea, the whole team will take and go, look, seem it's a stupid idea!
"I have to be very guarded. Or the case will be some other game cops the idea. That happens all of the time. With the rebirth of fighters there's a lot of great games coming out. I'm always paranoid when I'm looking at new games to see if someone's stolen one of the ideas I have in my notebook of awesome stuff. It's not like they've read my notebook or they've cheated me out of it. They've come to it on their own clever reasoning."