Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening

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I will look for you, I will find you, and I will hadouken you

Way back in 2010, Capcom and Namco announced that they’d be teaming up to each create a crossover fighting game featuring characters from each company’s biggest games; Street Fighter and Tekken.

In 2012, we got Capcom’s one; Street Fighter X Tekken. Featuring Tekken characters going up against Street Fighter ones using SF-styled mechanics, it was – as far as I’m concerned – a failure. Many have been patiently waiting for Namco’s game, which will thrust Street Fighter characters in to Tekken’s world.

We’ve heard close to nothing about the game, save on simple bits of character artwork, and a target render. Many assumed it was wholly cancelled, destined to be little more than vapourware. Namco has confirmed that it’s still a thing.

“It is proceeding. It hasn’t been canceled, so please relax,” Tekken boss Katsuhiro Harada told Polygon, adding development is “still moving forward.”

His teams are busy with a number of games, including the recently revealed Tekken 7 – which will, for the first time, be coming to PC. In fact, that’s the lead platform. My guess is that Harada wanted Tekken X Street Fighter to run on the newest engine (Unreal Engine 4), and thought it prudent to get the latest Tekken up and running first, before trying to shoe-horn Ryu and Ken in to a close-quarter combat 3D fighter; something I’m not sure is going to work properly. Then again, I said the same thing about Street Fighter X Tekken and while the game was a little too casual friendly and ultimately hollow, it did well to translate Tekken characters’ movesets to a 2D realm.

On the subject of Tekken 7, here’s its latest trailer, which has now been extended to a full 7 minutes. It shows off some of the Mishima family history.

Last Updated: July 28, 2014

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.