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Tekken X Street Fighter is not canceled confirms Katsuhiro Harada after video subtitles said the project 'died'

He also delves a bit deeper into the status of the crossover fighter

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 21, 2021 at 4:44 p.m. PDT • Comments: 52

The latest episode of Harada's Bar certainly caught everyone's attention for its discussion on Tekken X Street Fighter and how the project "died" part way through development though that death apparently wasn't literal.

After fans began asking him about the fighting game's reported demise, Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada came out to confirm that TKxSF is not actually canceled and that the subtitle used was mistranslated in a lengthy explanation as to the state of the crossover title.

"God damn subtitle problem again," said Harada upon first seeing reports about Tekken X Street Fighter. "I'm so tired. Sorry about that."

The longtime fighting game creator then went on to release a statement on TwitLonger to try and clear up confusion surrounding the episode and Tekken X Street Fighter itself.

In it, Harada states that the word translated to "project died" was an error and should have instead read either "be[en] shelved" or "put in storage."

That matches up with what he previously said of the crossover with Capcom's iconic series back in late 2018 where he first noted that the game was put on hold around the 30 percent completion mark.

He continues that they do not onw the permanent rights of the work they did with contracted artists and collaborators during that process, which seems to be partly why its stayed shelved up to this point and they can't show anything else for it like Harada says he wants to in the video.

Despite the fact that the Tekken X Street Fighter project was first announced back in 2010 alongside Street Fighter X Tekken, those at Bandai Namco apparently would still like to make it a reality at some point.

"We are still hopeful that TKxSF will resume development when the opportunity arises," wrote Harada. "However, such a title cannot be moved just for the convenience of one company in terms of marketing and branding, and it also affects each other's development resources. For now, we are just waiting for the right opportunity."

Considering Tekken 7 just wrapped up its small Season 4 batch of content, now would seemingly be a great time to take another crack at making Chun-Li work in the engine though that depends on what Capcom wishes to do going forward as well.

Currently, Tekken X Street Fighter remains in a state of limbo, so there's still no telling if / when the highly anticipated fighting game will hit the scene at some point in the future.

You can find Harada's full statement below.

Katsuhiro Harada on the state of Tekken X Street Fighter

I'm sorry, this is the second time I've misled you by the way the subtitles were written and worded.

First of all, at around 21 minutes and 25 seconds, he says "今はとめてますよ(ima tomete masuyo)" which means "It’s pending state," similar to "pause" and This is the same word we have been talking about before. So, "up to 30% of the development was in progress, but now it is still pending". This is still the status of the project.

Next we are talking about "Artist Collaboration" starting at minute 22. This is a story about how we had a famous artist draw a certain illustration for us during the development of TK x SF (TEKKEN also has illustrations in collaboration with famous artists, something like that). I say "Okura-iri ni nattan dayo na" in Japanese about this illustration collaboration.

For some reason, the meaning of the word "Okura-iri" is "Project died", but the original meaning of "Okura-iri" is "be shelved" or "put in storage". Contracts with artists and collaborators outside of development are subject to terms and conditions, including duration, so we do not own the rights to them indefinitely. So, this one has been put in storage for now. You can see that the original Japanese and the English subtitles give a very different impression (so people who can hear Japanese are not particularly interested in this topic thing).

In any case, the status is not much different from the status I told you about before. Well, the fact that the status has not changed is not a nice thing for us and for you.

We are still hopeful that TKxSF will resume development when the opportunity arises. However, such a title cannot be moved just for the convenience of one company in terms of marketing and branding, and it also affects each other's development resources.

For now, we are just waiting for the right opportunity.

This is sometimes a problem because it is very difficult to translate, including my way of speaking, and also because it is impractical for me to do all the subtitle checking for this volume. In this article, I am writing my own English, but I may have made some mistakes. If there is anything you don't understand, let's talk again sometime.

Sent in by Ramusu20 and Realdarkphoenix.

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