Harada says Tekken X Street Fighter has been cancelled
Development was “about 30 percent” complete when it was stopped
Tekken X Street Fighter is no longer being worked on, according to Tekken series lead Katsuhiro Harada.
The crossover fighting game was announced 11 years ago at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, along with Capcom’s Street Fighter X Tekken, which was released in 2012.
Bandai Namco said on several occasions in the years that followed that its game was still coming, but that no longer appears to be the case.
“Development stopped but we got about 30 percent done,” Harada said in the latest episode of video talk show Harada’s Bar. “We even had motions, which you can see reflected in Akuma.”
Harada added: “We were working really hard on that, we really were. 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. We were pretty confident.
“We wish we could show you them eventually, but Street Fighter belongs to Capcom so we can’t do it on our own.”
Harada also said of the game’s concept art: “We wanted to show it, but the project died.”
Harada told VGC in 2019 that the continued post-release success of Tekken 7 made it “harder to justify” releasing new entries in the series such as Tekken X Street Fighter.
“Traditionally, the life cycle of a fighting game is very short – maybe one or two years and then you make a sequel,” the designer and producer said.
“But Tekken 7 is very successful as a service game with its DLC. That makes it much harder to justify releasing another game, while Tekken 7 is still doing so well.”
The most recent entry in the popular fighting game series released for PS4, Xbox One and PC in June 2017. Harada claimed in March 2021 that it had attracted seven million players.