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Street Fighter 5 being developed in Unreal Engine 4

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Street Fighter 5 is in development in Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4, the company announced today.

"Our goal with the next generation of Street Fighter is to take our beloved fighting game franchise and bring it to our fans in the best way possible," said Bochan Kim, producer at Capcom, in a press release from Epic. "In order to fully deliver on that promise, we know we have to incorporate the latest and greatest technology available, which is why we partnered with Epic Games to power Street Fighter V using Unreal Engine 4."

"This opportunity to help the development team using Unreal Engine 4 for the new title is a great honor for Epic, and I couldn't be more proud," said Taka Kawasaki, territory manager of Epic Games Japan. "Support staff" from both Epic Games Japan and Epic's headquarters in Cary, North Carolina, are helping Capcom get the most out of the engine, according to Kawasaki.

Street Fighter 4, the previous entry in the storied franchise, was developed by Capcom and Dimps in a custom engine. Today's news makes Street Fighter the second major Japanese fighting game franchise to move to Unreal Engine 4. Bandai Namco announced Tekken 7 in July, and said it is being powered by Unreal Engine 4.

Capcom unveiled Street Fighter 5 during PlayStation Experience earlier this month. The upcoming game is in development on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, and will support cross-platform play. Sony officials confirmed that this original iteration of Street Fighter 5 will not appear on any console besides PS4. For more, check out the first gameplay footage from the game, and the first five screenshots below.