Unfortunately, it appears that Tekken x Street Fighter has officially died in the water, almost 11 years after it was originally announced.
Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada and Tekken 7 director Kouhei Ikeda broke the news in the latest episode of Harada's Bar, revealing that the project was complete while Bandai Namco was about 30 % in development (thanks, TheGamer). “We were working really hard on this, we really did,” the developers said. "I'd like to be able to show you similar models and stuff."
Harada and Ikeda highlighted Chun-Li and Dhalsim as characters who looked fantastic in the leap from 2D to 3D, adding that most of the female characters "were really good." The disappointment in the voices of the developers is palpable, they both repeatedly state how much they would like to show the cast in 3D. "We wish we could show them to you at last, but Street Fighter belongs to Capcom, so we can't do it alone."
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The game has been up and running for a few years now, but Harada always insisted it would still come. He said The Independent in 2012, this development "not 10%, but almost" ended, before announcing in 2016 that the game was officially on hold. Doubt was further dispelled in 2019, when Harada said that Tekken x Street Fighter was becoming increasingly difficult to justify with the huge success of Tekken 7 (via VGC).
Capcom's contribution to the collaboration, Street Fighter x Tekken, launched in 2012. It launched the Tekken cast in the 2D plan, but the poor balance, frequent downtime and a universally collaborated gem assistance system Placed the game in an early tomb. A huge 2013 update greatly improved the game, but the damage had already been done. It’s hard to say if this had an impact on the rocky development of Bandai Namco’s counterpart, but it wouldn’t be surprising.
Although Tekken x Street Fighter was put on hold, it seems that its development had an impact on Tekken 7, thanks to guest fighter Akuma from Street Fighter. "You can see the Akuma model, it's pretty cool," they both said. "We even had movements, which can be seen reflected in Akuma."