Two of the most celebrated games in the fighting genre are the ‘Tekken’ series and the ‘Street Fighter’ franchise of video games. ‘Tekken’ debuted in 1994 and has seen 17 installments in the mainline series as well as a few spin-offs since then. The brand itself has long been associated with the PlayStation brand and has been a bona fide system seller for Sony over the years.
On the other hand, the ‘Street Fighter’ franchise may just overtake even the likes of ‘Tekken’ in terms of pedigree. The franchise has seen seven mainline entries ever since its inception in 1987, besides several crossover games as well.
In 2010, ‘Tekken’ creator Bandai Namco and ‘Street Fighter’ creator Capcom decided to collaborate together for an incredible crossover project bringing together the super-powered demigods of ‘Street Fighter’ and ‘Tekken’ in two ambitious titles called ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’ and ‘Tekken X Street Fighter’.
‘Street Fighter X Tekken’ came out a long time ago in 2012 but we are yet to see anything more of ‘Tekken X Street Fighter’. Is the game even in development anymore? What can we expect from such a game? Read on to find out everything we know.
Tekken X Street Fighter Gameplay: What to Expect?
In July 2010 during the San Diego Comic-Con, Capcom and Namco announced their collaboration for two crossover fighting games that would bring together legendary fighters from both iconic franchises and pit them against each other in the battle arena. The first of these titles was ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’, which closely followed the gameplay formula of the ‘Street Fighter’ games.
The game is presented in the 2D art style that is the earmark of Capcom’s long-running fighting series and incorporates many of its mechanics as well, including Super Combos and EX Attacks. While the ‘Street Fighter’ characters follow the series’ trademark six-button control system, the ‘Tekken’ characters follow a four-button system along with ‘Tekken’ style combos. The game focuses on tag team brawling, with players choosing two characters for their team that can be switched out at any time during the battle.
‘Street Fighter X Tekken’ is developed and published by ‘Street Fighter’ creator Capcom and came out in 2012 for a wide variety of platforms including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Vita, and even iOS.
Right alongside ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’, another collaboration game titled ‘Tekken X Street Fighter’ was announced in 2010. While the two games may sound similar at first, there are some crucial differences that could make all the difference for many players. While ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’ is very much a ‘Street Fighter’ game with elements of ‘Tekken’, ‘Tekken X Street Fighter’ will be the opposite- a ‘Tekken’ game with ‘Street Fighter’ elements.
The plot of ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’ is rather barebones and involves a conflict between the two colliding universes over a mysterious cube-like object that has crash-landed on the continent of Antarctica. We can expect a similar contrivance to bring together the two worlds once again in ‘Tekken X Street Fighter’. Nevertheless, the storyline of the game is not nearly as pertinent as to how well the different mechanics of the two games gel together.
‘Tekken X Street Fighter’ will feature a fully 3D ‘Tekken’ like presentation. Taking cues from ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’, we can expect the new game to feature a very Tekken-esque aesthetic and mechanics including lateral movement, four-button combos, and blocks. However, ‘Street Fighter’ characters will likely have their very own move sets along with the six-button control scheme.
We don’t know which characters will be part of the final game’s roster with only Jin Kazama, his evil alter ego Devil Jin from ‘Tekken’, and Ryu and his evil alter ego Evil Ryu from ‘Street Fighter’, being confirmed thus far. Other likely additions include Jun Kazama, Lili from ‘Tekken’ and Chun-Li, Dan Hibiki and Ingrid from ‘Street Fighter’.
Tekken X Street Fighter Developers: Who Are the People Behind the Game?
‘Tekken X Street Fighter’ is being developed and published by Japanese gaming giant Bandai Namco. Although the game is a collaboration between Bandai Namco and Capcom, the development and publishing duties for ‘Tekken X Street Fighter’ fall squarely on Bandai Namco since ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’ was developed and published by Capcom.
The bad news here is that there is a very real possibility that ‘Tekken X Street Fighter’ might not be seen anytime soon. The game has been delayed for years with producer Katsuhiro Harada revealing that the game was only about 30% done before being put on hold in April 2016. The reasons behind the delay are largely financial.
‘Tekken 7’ has been a considerable success for Bandai Namco ever since its release in 2017 and a new ‘Tekken X Street Fighter’ game could potentially cannibalize the ‘Tekken 7’ player base.
Tekken X Street Fighter Release Date: When and Where Can I Play It?
‘Tekken X Street Fighter’ does not have a concrete release date yet and development on the game has also halted for now. Of course, there is always a chance that the project will be revived in the future but even if that is the case I wouldn’t expect ‘Tekken X Street Fighter’ to release anytime before 2021.
The game could be a cross-generational title with ports for the current PlayStation 4 and Xbox One along with the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Of course, we can also expect a PC version of the game as well.
Tekken X Street Fighter Trailer:
While we wait for more news about ‘Tekken X Street Fighter’, you can watch the trailer for ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’ right here.
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