In 2010, Bandai Namco and Capcom made fighting game fans’ dreams come true when they announced a crossover game between Tekken and Street Fighter. However, since that announcement, little has happened with Tekken X Street Fighter besides Bandai Namco producer Katsuhiro Harada’s statements over the last few years that the game is still in development.
Against all odds, many gamers were hoping this would be the year that Namco producer Katsuhiro Harada would provide a release date for Tekken X Street Fighter, and that gamers would finally get a chance to play the game. Sadly, this was not the case, as Harada instead simply confirmed again – for the third year in a row – that the game is not forgotten and is still in development.
During an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Harada held his stance that development will continue and the game will one day be released.
“I’ve been saying this since before, but the fact of the matter is that we’re at a pretty far stage into its development.”
While some gamers may see that as a positive, others will no doubt be skeptical considering its almost exactly what Harada has said the last two years. With that skepticism thick in the air, Harada offered some additional thoughts during his interview:
“It might seem like we haven’t started on it at all, but the character lineup has been decided upon since a very long time ago. And we’ve already finished the polygon models, moves, and systems.”
That sounds like things are progressing well, but once again, with five years of development already done, many would expect the game to be completed, played, and forgotten by now. Instead, it looks like Tekken X Street Fighter has succumbed, at least for now, to development hell.
It’s hard to blame developer Namco for the delay, considering Street Fighter V and Tekken 7 are both nearing release, along with the plethora of other projects Harada and his team recently finished and currently have going.
Thus, gamers are left to wait and watch for the time when Hwoarang and Asuka can take on Ryu and Chun-Li. Hopefully gamers won’t have to wait as long as The Last Guardian fans have waited, though that doesn’t seem past the realm of possibilities at this point.
What do you think about Harada’s comments on Tekken X Street Fighter? Do you think the game will ever see the light of day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.