In an interview with GameSpot, Bandai Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada dropped the disappointing news that Tekken X Street Fighter development has been put on hold. This is unfortunate, but unsurprising seeing as the last word we had on the crossover came way back in 2013. Harada went on to detail the decision, and you can read all about that below.
“Currently the situation is with fighting games, you have Street Fighter V that just released – a lot of people are playing that fervently – and there’s a large crowd out there waiting for Tekken 7,” explains Harada. “We don’t want to split these communities, so a good window in which to release Tekken X Street Fighter is something that’s become difficult recently.”
The decision is a logical one, as fighting game fans need a lot of practise to perfect a game’s systems and timing. Releasing another popular fighting game at this point is only going to force it to compete with Street Fighter V and Tekken 7 for breathing space.
Tekken X Street Fighter, if it eventually releases, will be a crossover pitting combatants from each franchise against each other. It’s part of a collaboration between Bandai Namco and Capcom, who released Street Fighter X Tekken in 2012.