Late yesterday afternoon at the Comic-Con in San Diego both Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono, and Namco’s Katsuhiro Harada took to the stage together in order to announce the latest fighting crossover title, Street Fighter X Tekken.
It’s been hotly rumoured over the last couple of weeks that something was in the pipeline between the two companies, with many sources pointing to a ‘Namco Vs Capcom’ of sorts, a collaboration that would see franchises from each company battle it out like never seen before. However, instead of a cast taken from a pool of franchises the developers have decided to work in bringing the two most popular ones together in perhaps the most unexpected and unusual versus game yet. Although don’t call it a ‘vs’ title, as apparently it’s not one of those.
“This is history we're making. Two fighting games that have rivalled each other are finally standing on the same stage. This isn't just a showdown between Tekken and Street Fighter, but a decisive battle for Capcom and Namco Bandai Games. So I'm going to give it my all.”
Developed by a team at Capcom, and using the same engine that powered Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken is the newest in a long line of crossover games created by the company, stretching back to X-Men Vs Street Fighter in 1996 and up to Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (released next year). The game will be rendered in the same 3D hand animated, hand painted art style as SFIV, and will feature the same solid 2D gameplay in keeping with such a title.
The game will feature Traditional ‘Versus’ and ‘Training according to Capcom, although they also plan to introduced new features to these modes in order to bring even more depth to the game. In addition to these enhancements players will be able to go head-to-head in teams of two via a ‘Tag Team’ mode. Like with the ‘Vs’ titles you will be able to combine the two characters special attacks together for stupidly powerful combo strikes, and visually impressive super moves. Things like crossover counters will be possible, along with a range of other team-up and assist moves.
After the announcement a trailer was showcased for the game in the same art style as the ones used for SFIV, along with a proper gameplay demonstration, in which both Yoshinori Ono and Katsuhiro Harada battled it out in a quick tag team match. Impressively the game looked to not only keep in all the signature moves of the four characters used (Ryu, Chun Li, Kazuya Mishima and Nina Williams), but also managed to successfully integrate the Tekken characters into the 2D fighting engine. Naturally Ono went for playing as the Street Fighters, and Harada as the Tekken Zaibatsu.
Interestingly, this Capcom developed instalment in the series might not be the only one we’ll be seeing. Namco have also confirmed that they will be producing their own Tekken X Street Fighter at some point later on down the line, much like with Capcom Vs SNK, and SNK Vs Capcom Chaos, by both Capcom and SNK respectively.
Street Fighter X Tekken is being developed for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 - currently without a release date - and marks the second collaboration between the two companies. The first being the little-known, Japan only RPG Namco X Capcom.
We’ll have more details on the game at IQGamer as soon as they arrive. Until then, why not check out the awesome teaser trailer in HD right here.