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Tekken X Street Fighter is “on hold” indefinitely

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Good games take time to be developed, a mantra that Star Citizen backers usually whisper to themselves while they clutch their receipt for that $200 spaceship that they bought three years ago. And really, that’s fine. Given enough time, a studio can create a masterpiece of visuals and gameplay. Some of those games have been worth the lengthy wait. Quantum Break, Prey and Diablo III are a few shining examples of games that managed to escape development hell.

But there’re still quite a few of these titles doing the limbo no. 5 dance in that inferno, with Tekken X Street Fighter looking increasingly like it can check out anytime it wants but it can never leave.

Back in 2012, the partnership between Capcom and Bandai Namco bore some fruit with Street Fighter X Tekken. A properly solid 2D fighter, Street Fighter X Tekken took the denizens of Tekken and stripped them of their 3D fighting skills for a quicker and more fluid system of strikes and some nonsese about a devil gene. That tag-teaming of properties was meant to be balanced by Bandai Namco translating the world warriors from the Street Fighter series into their Tekken style of kung-fu fighting.

But that project is “on hold” right now.

That’s the word according to Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada, as he explained to GameSpot via Tekken Team member Michael Murray that development on Tekken X Street Fighter has hit the brakes for now. “It’s pretty difficult to answer. Because when we develop fighting games, we try to keep the core community in mind and the general audience who likes to play these games,” Harada said.

But, currently, the situation is with fighting games, you have Street Fighter V that was just released and a lot of people are playing that fervently. We have a large crowd out there that is waiting for Tekken 7. So, we don’t want to split these communities. So, the window that is a good window to release Tekken X Street Fighter is something that has become much more difficult. So, it’s kind of on hold for the moment, I guess you could say.

It’s not exactly surprising. With both games having been developed on independent timetables, Harada even joked that we’d probably only see Tekken X Street Fighter in 2018. And even that is looking unlikely of ever happening. On the plus side, at least we’ve managed to get a rather ace Pokemon fighting game out of Bandai Namco instead.


Last Updated: April 25, 2016

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