Oh wow. The bomb has just dropped, folks.
With this year’s Comic-Con in full swing in San Diego, lead producers on two of the industry’s most revered fighting franchises have just announced what must surely go down as one of the most exciting collaborations of well, ever really.
Tekken? Street Fighter? There’s only way to find out! Fight!
Speaking at Capcom’s own “Street Fighter IV and Beyond” panel, Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono teamed up with Tekken head honcho Katsuhiro Harada to give the world its first live demonstration of Street Fighter X Tekken. The video linked below shows Ryu facing off against Kazuya Mishima in a Street Fighter IV visual style. Both characters featured Street Fighter’s token EX special moves and there were even tag team cameos from Chun-Li and Nina Williams.
That’s not all though. While Capcom will lead development of Street Fighter X Tekken, Namco Bandai will simultaneously take the reigns over Tekken X Street Fighter; essentially the same basic idea but with Ryu and co appearing in a more Tekken centric package, right down to the aesthetic and controls. Although word on a release date currently goes no further than “not for a while!” for the time being, we do know the game will appear on PS3 and 360, and it’s probably safe to assume both flavors of the game will launch side by side.
Put me down for a Day One purchase. Although growing up as more of a Tekken player, the absence of a worthy entry from Namco Bandai since Tekken Tag combined with the resurgence of Street Fighter has led me to switch allegiances as of late. Street Fighter X Tekken it is, then!
You can find the live gameplay demonstration courtesy of Game Videos (check out those cheers!), along with a pre-rendered trailer and some gorgeous screen grabs (direct from the live gameplay itself) at Kotaku.
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