Tekken 7: Fated Retribution announced, features Street Fighter’s Akuma

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It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for Tekken X Street Fighter. The game, along with Capcom’s own crossover fighting game, Street Fighter X Tekken, was announced in 2010. Two years later, we got Capcom’s middling effort; a fighting game that put Street Fighter characters against Tekken ones, using mechanics influenced by Capcom fighters. And also stuffed with stupid gems.

It seems like the other one, the one where Namco jams Street Fighter characters in to a Tekken game that plays more like Tekken is never coming out, especially with Namco and Harada so busy (still!) with Tekken 7.

There’s hope.

It’s starting to look like the latest version of Tekken 7 (the game’s been playable in Japanese arcades since March this year) will segue, somehow, in to Tekken X Street Fighter. How? Well, in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, not only is Street Fighter’s Akuma a playable character, he’s apparently central to the story.

Bandai Namco officially revealed Tekken 7 during its The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2015 this weekend, along with a trailer that shows the master of the Satsui no Hado pulling off the sorts of moves you’d expect from a Street Fighter; Hadoukens, Shouryukens and accepting generous offers of some pound cake. It’s all followed up with his quintessential finishing move, Shin Shun Goku Satsu or Wrath of the Raging Demon if you prefer.

From my perspective, it seems that Bandai Namco has absolutely nailed the translation of Street Fighter movesets to the Tekken universe, making me even more excited for Tekken X Street Fighter – which by my reckoning, should be available some time in 2026.

Last Updated: December 14, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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