Is now the right time for Tekken X Street Fighter? Harada doesn't think so, but he's asking fans if they still really want it

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • December 14, 2019 at 12:11 p.m. PST | Comments: 80

Tekken X Street Fighter was revealed to the world almost 10 years ago, and now in the final weeks of the decade, Bandai Namco has still never shown off any more of the game than their prototype Ryu design.

While he was watching the Game Awards stream earlier this week, Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada took to Twitter to give the tiniest of updates of the crossover title along with polling the audience to see if they're still waiting and wanting for Tekken X Street Fighter to come out.

Harada's first tweet on the matter was more on the joking side referring to Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez mentioning how they used to play Tekken and Street Fighter all of the time on the Fast and the Furious sets asking "ok now Tekken X Street Fighter?" before following up with his thoughts.

"Let me be honest," Harada started off his post. "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."

Included with the tweet was a poll with three options for the fighting game audience: Of course I'm waiting, Forget it whatever and Harada's old signature line "Don't ask me for s***."

The poll ended up with a total of 66,608 votes with 59 percent answering that they are indeed still waiting for the long-gestating project.


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This isn't the first time in 2019 that Harada has brought up Tekken X Street Fighter, as he spoke about it during an interview earlier this year where he shared a similar sentiment to his most recent tweet that a game like this is harder to justify in the current climate.

"When we were ready to progress further with the project, Capcom released Street Fighter 5 and then we released Tekken 7," said Harada. "Those titles are some of the best fighting games ever and they became very successful. Traditionally, the life cycle of a fighting game is very short โ€“ maybe one or two years and then you make a sequel. But Tekken 7 is very successful as a service game with its DLC. That makes it much harder to justify releasing another game, while Tekken 7 is still doing so well."

Tekken X Street Fighter was originally supposed to launch during the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 generation, and with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X releasing in less than one year, the 3D counterpart to Street Fighter X Tekken will have missed at least one and a half console generations.

The Bandai Namco boss also revealed almost exactly a year ago that Tekken X Street Fighter made it to around 30 percent completion before being put on the shelf โ€” presumably to focus on Tekken 7 in the face of SFxT's less than stellar launch.

Akuma's inclusion in Tekken 7 came about because of the progress the developers had made on the crossover, so many would probably agree that their proof of concept character has been very successful in the mainline title.

Tekken 7 still has some legs in it too considering Bandai Namco already announced that the Tekken World Tour is coming back for 2020, and we're still waiting for Fahkumram to release as DLC โ€” who bears a striking resemblance to Sagat as another big Muay Thai fighter.

Do you think Bandai Namco should still make Tekken X Street Fighter or will it be lost to the annals of history? It'll all come down to Bandai Namco and Capcom's commitments, but it's certainly harder to slot into release schedules now than it was 10 years ago.

Do you still want Tekken X Street Fighter?

1. Yes: 280 votes / 71.4%
2. No: 58 votes / 14.8%
3. Not right now but maybe later: 54 votes / 13.8%

Total votes: 392


Voting has closed

What should Bandai Namco's next Tekken project be?

1. Tekken X Street Fighter: 222 votes / 63.1%
2. Tekken crossover with another fighting game company like SNK: 48 votes / 13.6%
3. Tekken 8: 38 votes / 10.8%
4. Tekken Tag Tournament 3: 24 votes / 6.8%
5. Something else: 20 votes / 5.7%

Total votes: 352


Voting has closed

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