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Bandai Namco confirms Tekken X Street Fighter no longer in active development

Tekken director cites concerns over fracturing communities of both properties.


In a move that should surprise absolutely no one yet is still disappointing, a representative from Bandai Namco confirmed that Tekken X Street Fighter is no longer in active development.

The news comes by way of an interview with GameSpot, in which Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada confided that releasing the game now, with Tekken 7 headed to consoles and Street Fighter V still finding its footing, might disrupt the audiences of the individual franchises.

"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," Harada told GameSpot. "So it's on hold for the moment."

Bandai Namco and Capcom announced their partnership to release crossover games back in 2010. Per the agreement, each publisher would get access to the other's cast of characters to create dream-match scenarios. Street Fighter X Tekken released in 2012, but its opposite dropped off the radar soon after.

Obviously, neither publisher set out to drop the ball on Tekken X Street Fighter. In fact, Harada confirmed that the game was being actively developed back in 2013, going so far as to say that the roster was more or less set in stone.

If you're looking for a bright spot, keep in mind that Harada used the words "on hold" in his interview. That's industry parlance for, "we're not cancelling this, but we're not working on it at the moment, either." Perhaps, after the dust settles from Tekken 7, and Capcom shores up Street Fighter V (and releases no fewer than five iterative updates), Tekken X Street Fighter could rise from the ashes.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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