There are video games that remain in limbo, without being completely canceled. It’s just what happens with Tekken x Street Fighter, a crossover between two heavyweights from Bandai Namco and Capcom’s 3D and 2D fighting, respectively, which was introduced in 2010, in response to the Street Fighter x Tekken which debuted in 2012.
Let’s talk about vaporware and not cancellation as such (we have had to suffer many and very painful, unfortunately), is what gives me hopes to one day see that Tekken x Street Fighter, with those colossi under a style close to the Tekken Namco, just as Capcom did (in reverse) with its crossover.
The blame? The success of Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V
The development of Tekken x Street Fighter it was always very slow. Katsuhiro Harada dropped multiple times that he was at 10% in 2012 and just 30% in 2016, six years after his official introduction with Ryu’s images.
It cannot be ignored that in between, Bandai Namco itself would launch on the market Tekken 7 in 2015, while Capcom did the same with Street fighter v in 2016. And since then, both titles have not stopped receiving more content in the form of DLC, selling very well in both cases, which has resulted in a paralysis of the crossover that was being developed by Harada and co.
The producer and director of Tekken 7 He dropped it almost two years ago that he still wanted to release this work one day, but he found it increasingly difficult to justify such a production to make it profitable. In fact, at the end of 2019 he created a poll on Twitter to ask if there was still interest.
Let me be honest. What percentage of you are really waiting for “TEKKEN x Street Fighter”?
(My marketing view is that TK7 and SFV are selling very well, so there is no opportunity to drop TK x SF on the market).
– Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) December 13, 2019
Let’s be honest, what percentage of you are still really waiting for Tekken x Street Fighter?
My marketing vision is that Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V continue to sell very well, so there is no opportunity to launch Tekken x Street Fighter on the market.
The answer, with 66,608 votes, showed with 58.7% that there was a majority of people who were still waiting for Tekken x Street Fighter, despite the other slobbery responses, to “forget it” or not ask about that “shit”.
We are no longer in the nineties, where every year a good handful of fighting games came out and with not a few iterations in between. Now with the DLC offering more season passes, the success of a delivery is amortized, seeing how it can evolve a lot over a five-year period. And if not that they tell that Street fighter v that arrived very pelad in 2016. Taking another fighting game to the market is a risk and Street Fighter x Tekken wasn’t the panacea either.
Akuma, the closest thing to Tekken x Street Fighter
Ironically, despite see only Ryu in Tekken x Street Fighter (with Evil Ryu, Jin and Devil Jin in the promotional image), the only character that we have been able to taste in motion to get a better idea of what that project would be like, we have it in the Star appearance of the fearsome Akuma in Tekken 7.
At the level of movements, sticks to crossover guidelines, with a button for each tip. Thus, Akuma only has two punches and two kicks, acting as “strong” or “fast” the right punch or right kick, as for example in the face of the Gohadoken or Goshoryuken specials.
If we face him in the campaign, it is a whole brown beast, of the toughest rivals in the whole game … because the machine cheats, it is also true. If we play against another person, it is not difficult to dodge their special attacks with the side step, apart from that they do not do as much damage. And in any case, Since Devil Kazuya times we are used to dodging lasers, so it wouldn’t really clash with a character from Street Fighter in any Tekken.
Logically, with Akuma, Bandai Namco had to respect part of the core that is still in force since the final version of Street fighter ii (Super Street Fighter II Turbo), where he made an appearance for the first time. There the special bar was implemented, having for Akuma in Tekken 7 two bars of EX that, if we fill them, allow us to execute the powerful Super Combo Messatsu Gohado.
The most curious thing? That in the absence of a Tekken x Street Fighter tangible this Tekken 7 offers another little crossover inside, by receiving as the second DLC of his first season pass to the very Geese howard, from the SNK’s Fatal Fury. Yes, in a Tekken you can face Akuma (Capcom) against Geese (SNK). Another issue is how crazy it is to see Negan (The walking dead) and Noctis (Final Fantasy XV) in the middle of it … But, hey! Tekken 3 had Gon.