It’s been almost ten years since Bandai Namco announced Tekken x Street Fighter, its answer to the Street Fighter x Tekken developed and marketed by Capcom. The project is discussed from time to time. And while the news has rarely been encouraging over time, it has kept players’ interest in the game hopeful. However, new statements from an expert at Bandai Namco seem to bury the project once and for all.
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Katsuhiro Harada, the head of original licensing at Bandai Namco Entertainment and the chief producer of all disputes within the Japanese publisher, has been leading a mission with the title for several months Harada’s bar
Regarding the ESD version of the crossover, the two men recall that the team had reached 30% of its development when the project was suspended. And while explaining the work done, Katsuhiro Harada drops a sentence that puts an end to the hope that some continued to have of the possibility of the game being released someday:
We even made some animations, animations that you can see on Akuma (in Tekken 7). Dhalsim rendered as well as we expected, he did really well. The models of the female characters were also very well done, I wish I could show them to you. We wanted to show the game, but the project is dead.
No place for everyone
Katsuhiro Harada has stated in the past that when the game team was ready to restart Tekken x Street Fighter development, the successive releases and successes of Street Fighter V and Tekken 7 meant that the project did not lose its raison d’etre Place in the market.
As a reminder, the same Katsuhiro Harada gave hope to players interested in Tekken x Street Fighter in late 2019 by launching a Twitter poll asking internet users if they were really interested in the game. 58.7% of the 66,608 voters answered yes. But obviously this was not enough to give new impetus to the development of the game.
Were you one of those people who are still waiting for Tekken x Street Fighter? Do you think there is enough space in the fighting game market for that? Would you like Bandai Namco ever to reveal the work that was done on the game? Tell us all about it in the comments below.