Well, I suppose it’s too soon for any impact SFV had to have affected these particular games. But I worry that these games are gonna hit the mainstream well and entrench fighting games in old models that are way worse for players. For all that SFV was rough at launch I put my money down and I continue to have the fully updated game to this day with no more money put in. I’ve played about twice a week over that time and I’ve been able to reliably get new characters with the in-game currency without going much out of my way. On the other hand Guilty Gear is in it’s third paid revision now, and while the price is relatively reasonable it still stings to buy what honestly amounts to a patch and a couple hours of anime cutscenes I’ll never watch.
Then on the other hand there’s Tekken 7 finally coming out after the versus play mode being fully complete and playable in japanese arcades for what, two years now? As someone interested in playing these games competitively the idea of jumping on a game the instant it’s available to me and being more than a year behind the curve really sucks. I find it easy to imagine the idea of SFV coming out around now instead of last year, being basically the same game it is now and getting a much more favorable critical response. But that scares me because that’s a way worse model for serving me as a player.