It’s official! 11 years since the game’s announcement, Director Katsuhiro Harada officially confirms that TEKKEN x Street Fighter is no longer in development. 

TEKKEN x Street Fighter video game crossover now officially dead

Back in July 2010, Capcom and Bandai Namco unveiled their TEKKEN x Street Fighter and Street Fighter x Tekken crossover video games. BANDAI NAMCO’s supposed to develop the former, with the latter developed by Capcom. Street Fighter x TEKKEN adapted Street Fighter’s gameplay and launched in 2012 with moderate success. Meanwhile, TEKKEN x Street Fighter was going to have TEKKEN’s engine. While we’re lucky that the Capcom-produced crossover game even saw light, various issues led to BANDAI NAMCO killing off their version of the crossover game.

On June 19, 2021, Director Katsuhiro Harada officially confirmed that the project is dead. He says that the game was around 30% complete, but they have chosen to discontinue the project permanently.

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Gamespot interviewed Harada in 2016 asking him about the game’s development. Harada expressed his fear of splitting the two franchises’ communities which led his team to put the game on hold. Despite the game being put on the shelf, Harada genuinely wanted to return to the project. However, he decided not to push through with his plans for the project and focus more on developing TEKKEN 7

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Then came 2019 when Video Games Chronicle followed up on Harada on when TEKKEN x Street Fighter will come out. He asserted that the game was still in development but is slow in terms of progress. Harada’s team felt that the game might no longer be necessary since both franchises have been doing extremely well on their own. 

Apparently, Akuma’s addition to TEKKEN 7 would have previewed how the crossover game would turn out to be for BANDAI NAMCO. It’s disappointing to many that all the hype was for nothing. Still, the video game gods have granted us ways to fulfill our TEKKEN Street Fighter fantasies, like beating up Ryu as Kazuya on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.