When Street Fighter Met Tekken

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When Street Fighter Met Tekken

When Street Fighter Met Tekken, By Yoshinori Ono

At Captivate last week, CAPCOM unveiled the first batch of playable characters in Street Fighter X Tekken: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile and Abel from Street Fighter and Kazuya, Nina Williams, King, Marduk and Bob from Tekken. Afterwords, Producer Yoshinori Ono spoke how Street Fighter X Tekken came to be. In his words…

“When we [CAPCOM] took that 10 year break between releasing Street Fighter games, I feel that Tekken diligently stoked the fighting game campfire and kept people interested,” explains Yoshinori Ono, producer on Street Fighter X Tekken and one of the most animated game developers I’ve ever met. “With Street Fighter IV we tossed kerosene on that fire and got fans really excited about fighting games again.”

“I was having dinner with the Tekken director [Katsuhiro] Harada-san shortly after Street Fighter IV came out and we got talking about how we could keep that campfire burning,” he continues. “We were half-joking when we first conceived this collaboration, but it did seem like a great idea to both of us and pretty soon we were both saying, ‘you go back to your office and I’ll go back to mine… let’s synchronise watches and convince everyone that we should do this’. Long story short, we’ve got our game coming; they have a similar thing going on over there, and we’ll see what happens.”

Ono-san was speaking at CAPCOM’s Captivate event in Miami, where he unveiled the first batch of playable characters in Street Fighter X Tekken: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile and Abel; and Kazuya, Nina Williams, King, Marduk and Bob from the Street Fighter and Tekken worlds respectively. I have played quite a bit of the game using all characters over the past week. If you’re interested in hearing about that then ask away in the comments, but for now I’ll leave Ono-san to continue the story of how Street Fighter met Tekken…

“Harada-san has zero input on this game and we don’t do an awful lot of communicating. In fact, he has less knowledge of the game than you do right now and he might learn something when he reads this interview.”

“Street Fighter and Tekken have always been different games. Street Fighter is slower paced and a little more deliberate, it’s all about judging the distance between yourself and an opponent and anticipating what they are going to do. It’s not as aggressive as Tekken, which is played at a faster pace, right from the very first punch.”

“What we’ve tried to do here is merge the two so that you retain some of the more thoughtful approach that you associate with Street Fighter, while also getting a taste of that more ‘in your face’ Tekken style. We think we’ve found a way to get the best of both and we’ll just continue fine-tuning so that the final result is a perfect marriage and a unique game in its own right.”

“There was some communication early on and, usually with a collaborative project like this, we would be obliged to buy some Tekken reference materials, but I certainly don’t want to give money to a competitor, so I’ll most likely work out some private deal with Harada-san where we borrow that stuff. I’m not going to tell him exactly why we need it though, that would be showing too much of my hand.”

“But back to the original point, they have no input into our game and we have none into theirs.”

When Street Fighter Met Tekken, By Yoshinori Ono

“There are a lot of Tekken characters that are really difficult to get right in this game, but our selection criteria is to pick the most challenging to bring over because it’s more fun for us and I think it will make the game more compelling in the end. One example is Marduk, who is a pretty surprising inclusion. We have some other powerful grapplers in Street Fighter but nobody that moves the way he does. From E3 onwards we’re going to be revealing many more characters and some of them are going to be truly out of left-field.”

“You might be thinking there’s no way we can include certain characters but you could be second-guessing yourself further down the line. The Tekken universe has some supremely weird characters, including animals and even inanimate objects, and that might strike you as contrary to the Street Fighter aesthetic, but then we’ve had a character whose limbs can stretch and people shooting fireballs from their hands, so the addition of an animal wouldn’t be so out of place and it could make the game really interesting.”

When Street Fighter Met Tekken, By Yoshinori Ono

“We’re not just throwing a bunch of Tekken characters into Street Fighter and I hope that fans from both sides are going to be attracted to Street Fighter X Tekken.”

“The ideal ending to this story is to have built a common ground, where the best Street Fighter players and the best Tekken players in the world can duke it out. I’d be really happy with that.”

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  • King is looking all kinds of awesome!!

  • I hate the idea that two completely opposite fighting franchises are meeting. It’s blatantly an attempt to milk the fanbase of both series, and they have the nerve to make two versions ! Screw you Capcom and Namco!

    Whether it’s Capcom or Namco the fighting series of both companies will be bastardized on each others version.

  • looking good must admit wasome lets see the other game then and we can drool til release…. but anyway how did the tekken characters feel in the sf world???? and are they slower to match the style of sf or have they sped streetfighter up a notch???

  • This is basically my gaming wet dream. You had me at hello <3

  • Really looking forward to this, though I wonder what Tekken vs SF will be like as SF in 3D hasnt worked so well thus far (3DS version excepted).

  • @2 I totally agree.

  • I wonder how many of these characters will be on the disc, but locked out so you have to pay for DLC just to unlock them?

    My guess: Around 10.

  • Oh Nina, what have they done to your legs? Does the Street Fighter engine render all women with massive thighs? I know they don’t have anything on Chun-Li’s but they’re still huge.

  • this is gonna be ace, i love 2d fighters and this one will be my preferance i already know it but i also am partial to 3d fighters not so much tekken more soul calibur but i can see my getting the namco one the following year.

    the street fighter 4 engine looks cool but are the tekken fighters getting new moves?
    i dont seem to remember many of them having projectile type moves and that might leave them a bit out of place in the street fighter world.

    anyway how did the game play James did it feel balanced, which fighters did you have more fun with?

    • I tended to play with Chun-Li and King. I think they’ve tried to carry over as many moves from Tekken as possible and those characters are definitely more combo-heavy. Kazuya has some beautiful charge moves. In terms of balancing, I think that the SF characters were winning out, but that’s probably because we were all more used to using them in this setting. There was one guys who just used Marduk and he was very hard to beat.

  • I liked Capcom much more when they did RPGs :(

  • This game will be awesome I can’t wait to play it. Can I just be sure that “Street Fighter x Tekken” is being done by Capcom and will be using the gameplay that the Street Fighter series will be used?

    And that “Tekken x Street Fighter” is being done by Namco and will use the Tekken style gameplay?

  • Now it’s time for some Tekken X Street Fighter Videos!!

  • Read this sony & ppl you never know this they never tell you and it‘s against law geo-hot is a dufuss but he right on 1 thing to my cost sony is‘nt above the Law.

    how many of you use a didn’t card to put funds On, Dont how many of you know there are extra cost if you use a card.

    i had £20 in bank to cover the funds but sony wouldn’t let me i try 15 quid that was alright i tried again try put £5 i found out what sony dont tell you they took 2 quid to validate my card that i use before no problem so in short i had only £18 no flipping wonder.

    oh yes whoopdedoo i get my missing 2 quid back on 21st april.

    so now i have to put a other fiver in my bank to cover that for next because i want 20 in not 15 & did sony tells No. :(

  • *my friend says he had problems with PSN putting funds in the wallet ppl here had problems it not a problem you just have not enough funds to cover the wallet. :|

  • I’ve heard of verification methods doing that but don’t recall Sony doing that to me (been a few years since I assigned my card to them though). It’s no big deal.

    Anyways this looks alright. As much as I love Street Fighter IV and it’s Super update I’ve never enjoyed Tekken much and found it’s control system clumsy and awkward. At least this is the one being made by Capcom so it should be more my kind of thing than Namcos.

  • Am I the only person looking forward to Tekken X Street fighter?

  • I’m looking forward to Tekken X Street Fighter too but Tekken tag Tournie 2 is first.

  • it alright now i need to put more funds in bank then was plan, i have old card years back never had hidden changes of me bank same with me new 1 till yesterday.

    anyway that game look great but i Add it on my holding list to get it a later date next week i want FF4 complete collection.

    since we have FF5 on wednesday the game icon had the cover of FF-anthony so can we have ff4 as it was FF4 & FF5 on it, FF6 is coming but When? :D

  • I’m excited for this (and destroying some Street Fighter fans as Kazuya and Xiaoyu) but I’m more excited for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, whenever that will eventually come to PS3 :)

  • I want Tekken X SF :(

  • bad graphic tekken street fighter to those who stay street fighter Spend graphic’s beautiful so or Tekken Tag Tournament 2 at street fighter characters add

  • playstation 3 technology graphic at I think the game would be a

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