To avoid cannibalization, Bandai Namco has decided to put Tekken X Street Fighter on hold. Given the huge popularity of Street Fighter V recently and the fact that Tekken 7 is getting ready to make its console debut this year, it meant that the crossover title was left without a release window… for now.
In an interview with Gamespot, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada explained that the game was still coming but it was just having a hard time finding the right window to make its appearance…
“When we develop fighting games, we try to keep the core community in mind as well as the wider audience that wants to play these games. But 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 or Tekken 7. 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. So it’s on hold for the moment.”
This is nothing new and is something that Harada had mentioned before in previous interviews. Back in November of 2015, Harada explained to Famitsu in an interview that majority of the game had already been finished but the biggest problem was finding a release window for the title where it didn’t cannibalize the current fighting games on the market or get cannibalized itself.
Eventhubs quoted Harada from the November interview where he noted that Tekken X Street Fighter has been delayed so often and put on hold for so long that they’ll need to come up with a special surprise to make the game stand out, or even change the title of the game, saying…
“I’m not sure what will end up happening exactly, but I’ve had something in mind for a long time. So, we might even change the title of the game”
It’s been so long that it’s almost reaching Duke Nukem Forever levels of hype/vapor. They should at least start to put some sort of promotional plans and release windows in place to prevent the game from diving too far into vaporware territory. Then again, maybe Namco is hoping to get Half-Life 3 levels of meme culture out of the game… who knows?
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