Apparently, keeping secrets in the video game industry is more difficult than most would imagine. This past week Valve prematurely revealed the three upcoming character releases for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition: E. Honda, Poison, and Lucia. Their release was originally intended for Sunday, August 4, as a triumphant end to Evo 2019, where right now the best players in the world are competing in the most popular fighting games.
Valve unintentionally published the reveal trailer on Steam, which was quickly seen by users and spread through YouTube and Twitter. As a result, Capcom affirmed the leak as real, leaving the game’s producer Yoshinori Ono devastated at the news.
The leak must feel especially frustrating since the last character released into the game, Kage, was also leaked prior to his official reveal around eight months ago.
Valve has since apologized for the slip, stating that:
“It’s a regrettable and unintentional situation, and we have already implemented measures to prevent this error from happening again. We are fans of Street Fighter ourselves and we’re sorry for the error.”
While the apology feels genuine, it is not the first time Valve has made such an error.
Perhaps the most infamous leak put out by Valve occurred last year in a similar fashion. Just Cause 4 was accidentally advertised on Steam a full week ahead of its formal reveal at E3. Steam has also previously leaked important data regarding the numbers of users and sales figures for some games on the platform.
This past year at the 2019 E3, it seemed that leaks were happening far more often than normal as well; all of which goes to show how difficult it can be to keep such information secret when so many parties are involved. At the same time, not all leaks are accurate. Recently, when an order was placed on Amazon for the upcoming Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch, buyers were told the product would ship on October 4. This was considered a leak until Nintendo later on stated that the actual release date is October 31.
Currently Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is available to play for free as part of the Evo 2019 weekend, so now is a great time to jump in if you have not already. For those looking to get in on the action, which is clearly still seeing updates and releases, it can be purchased for 60% off its regular price.