Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Capcom VP: We have not done a good job of truly teaching new players the basics

Class is not in session.

Capcom hasn't exactly been hitting close to home with titles such as Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, but their fighting games have yet to take a nosedive. Street Fighter x Tekken (SFxT) isn't exactly setting the fighting game community (FGC) on fire, but it's not a terrible game by any means.

While the hardcore gamers have their fill when it comes to fighters from Capcom, what about the casual fans? Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (UMvC3) is arguably the most hyped fighting game on the market, yet so many gamers who are out of the loop are tuning out.

Capcom's Vice President Christian Svensson admits on Capcom-Unity there may be separation with new players.

"I strongly agree that we have not done a good job of truly teaching new players about the basics of fighting game strategy in our current crop of titles. This has been a hot button conversation with the producers in the past and some have embraced it. In the case of SF3: Online Edition, we tried to put in challenges and trials that would have explained a bit more of the "why" as opposed to just the "how" in traditional training modes but we probably didn't go as far as we could have.
In future titles, this is an area that I hope that our teams will take more time with as I view them as critical to the expansion of the fighting game audience. I know some competitive players will scoff, but the vitality of the scene is linked to how successful we all are (I say all because the community needs to be accepting of new players too) in these efforts.  "Scrubs" are just players who don't yet have the same experience or knowledge that you do. And remember, once upon a time, you were a scrub too."

Fernando's POV: There is absolutely separation with casual fans when it comes to Capcom fighters and fighting games in general. It's a good thing Svensson has addressed this, but actions speak louder than words. I know people who are completely turned off by UMvC3 the moment they see a touch of death combo. Casual gamers have their place too and it's good to know Capcom at least realizes this.