Tekken X Street Fighter, the crossover beat ’em up first announced back in 2010, has been put on hold indefinitely, game director Katsuhiro Harada has confirmed.
Having been announced six years ago, the title was planned as the second of two collaborations between Capcom and Namco Bandai, the first being Street Fighter X Tekken, which was released in 2012. The latter features gameplay very similar to the Street Fighter series (fights take place on a 2D plane), and the former was expected to follow that of the Tekken series.
However, due to the recent release of Street Fighter V and the upcoming release of Tekken 7 on PlayStation 4, Harada said to GameSpot that releasing such a title in the near future would not only run the risk of splitting the communities of both up, but would potentially unnecessarily oversaturate the market.
When we develop fighting games, we try to keep the core community in mind as well as the wider audience that wants to play these games. But 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 or 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.
Harada’s comments essentially just confirm what many of us had been suspecting for quite while, and even though it’s disappointing that we could end up waiting a very long time for Tekken X Street Fighter to see the light of day, it makes sense that Namco wants to focus on Tekken 7 first. We can only assume that Capcom probably shares a similar view.
On the bright side, at least it hasn’t been cancelled.