What has been posited for months (years?), Tekken x Street Fighter development is no longer in an active state.
When Capcom released Street Fighter x Tekken, certain gameplay systems just didn’t click. The mixing of the two fighting game series favorites was welcomed by fans; it’s just the implementation that faltered. Charging for DLC characters that were already locked on the disc, adding the gem system, sacrificing your partner’s life for more time on the clock; it didn’t work out well in the competitive space. Now it looks like the redemption from Bandai Namco, Tekken x Street Fighter, won’t get the chance it deserves just yet, as GameSpot confirms the game’s development is on hold.
In a video interview with Tekken x Street Fighter producer and Tekken game director Katsuhiro Harada, he explains it’s the timing of Street Fighter V and Tekken 7‘s releases that make development on the collaborative game between the franchises harder to do properly. “Currently, the situation is with fighting games, you have Street Fighter V that just released–a lot of people are playing that fervently–and there’s a large crowd out there waiting for Tekken 7.
“We don’t want to split these communities, so a good window in which to release Tekken x Street Fighter is something that’s become difficult recently. So it’s on hold for the moment.”
When I hear a statement like that from Harada, it seems oddly straightforward and honest. Tekken x Street Fighter has been in development for a long time, and will probably get shelved to find a time a year or two post-Tekken 7 release on consoles. A game that splits both audiences does a disservice not only to the development teams of Bandai Namco and Capcom, but to the competitive space for the fighting game community.
Street Fighter V, perhaps not optimally, aims for a long burn with its rushed release and its post-release monthly character dump. Tekken 7 isn’t even out yet in North America. Pushing hard for Tekken x Street Fighter right now would mean cutting into the sales for both major releases by both companies. Hopefully, the game won’t go stale sitting on the shelf for too long.