And now, your bi-annual reminder that Tekken x Street Fighter is indeed a thing.
With the recent reveal that Akuma will be joining the Tekken 7 cast in the upcoming Fated Retribution update, many were curious if Bandai Namco Entertainment’s longstanding companion to Street Fighter x Tekken was still in development. It was easy to assume that the announcement would be followed by more Street Fighter content, but a recent interview says otherwise.
“[Tekken x Street Fighter] is still in development,” senior designer Michael Murray told Gameblog when asked about the title’s status. “It’s difficult at the moment to find a period to launch the game since Tekken 7 was released. For the moment, we are focusing on Tekken 7.”
His answer falls in line with previous statements from director Katsuhiro Harada, who mentioned that the presence of both Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V puts them in an odd position when it comes to the crossover.
Tekken x Street Fighter was first unveiled in 2010 alongside Capcom’s Street Fighter x Tekken. While the latter eventually made its way to consoles in 2012, the former has been kept tightly under wraps, with only small bits of concept art available to the public. Since then, Bandai Namco has been quiet about the project, but Harada recently mentioned that it is “pretty far” into development.
Gameblog also made a point to question Murray about which platforms Tekken x Street Fighter is being developed for, seeing as their original intentions to launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have been invalidated by newer hardware. While his answers remained opaque, Murray did say that the game’s development is based on PC, meaning a transition to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One shouldn’t be out of the question.
Fortunately for those looking forward to an independent title, it sounds like Tekken x Street Fighter is still very much its own entity. And thanks to Akuma’s appearance in Tekken 7, we may receive an early look at how other Street Fighter characters function in the franchise’s traditional 3D fighting engine. Stay tuned for more details, true believers!