Just over a decade ago, both Capcom and Bandai Namco announced two parallel crossover fighting games — Street Fighter X Tekken and Tekken X Street Fighter. The idea was similar to Capcom’s previous collaborations with King of Fighters developer SNK in which both developers made their own takes on the fighting game casts for separate releases. When Street Fighter X Tekken released in 2012, it was assumed that the Bandai Namco would soon follow up with their own release. But as the years rolled on and nothing happened beyond an Akuma appearance in Tekken 7, it became increasingly clear that Tekken X Street Fighter would not ever come to fruition.
Now it’s official, according to Bandai Namco General Manager Katsuhiro Harada.
Harada, whose most notable work is as the head of the Tekken series, spoke a bit about the game on his Bar Radio video podcast series, breaking ten years of mostly just refusing to talk about the game. In response to a reader question, Harada admitted the game wasn’t happening.
“We were working really hard on that. We really were,” Harada and Tekken 7 director Kouhei Ikeda said in a fan translation of their comments. “Wish we could show you the models and stuff. We had really nice models. I really wanted to show them Chun-Li. I wanted to show you guys all the characters.”
The pair mention that the game got about 30% complete with models and motions, stopping just short of outright saying that Akuma’s appearance in Tekken 7 is the implementation of their work on the game into something that could be used. Similarly, neither Harada or Ikeda indicated why the game was cancelled, but definitely indicate they were disappointed by it.
For what it’s worth, Kazuya Mishima is joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate soon, meaning he’ll at least be able to fight Ryu and Ken in that game.