Tekken boss Katsuhiro Harada has apologised for a recent video that said the long-dormant Tekken X Street Fighter was officially cancelled – he’s clarified that subtitles were mistranslated, and that the project remains “pending”.
The story began after an episode of talk show Harada’s Bar, in which the Tekken series lead was translated as saying, “Development stopped but we got about 30 percent done. We wanted to show it, but the project died.” Despite being announced in 2010 and never seeing release, the game has never been formally cancelled, and many took this to mean it now had been.
Harada has now released a statement, explaining that his actual words were that the project remained on pause, saying the real translation should have been: “Up to 30% of the development was in progress, but now it is still pending.” He added that this means the project hasn’t changed status at all, and acknowledges that it’s “not a nice thing for us and for you.”
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Harada closed by saying that he still hopes the project will one day become a reality. “We are still hopeful that TKxSF will resume development when the opportunity arises,” he wrote. “However, such a title cannot be moved just for the convenience of one company in terms of marketing and branding, and it also affects each other’s development resources. For now, we are just waiting for the right opportunity.”
Tekken x Street Fighter was announced 11 years ago, alongside companion game Street Fighter x Tekken. The latter project arrived in 2012, a 2D fighting game that used Street Fighter mechanics alongside Tekken characters. The dormant follow-up would reverse the idea, dropping Street Fighter characters into Tekken’s 3D system.
We’ve known for years that the game only reached 30% of completion before work halted, and Harada previously said that Tekken x Street Fighter was “harder to justify” after the ongoing success of (and continual updates to) Tekken 7. “My logical and business thinking has me wondering if I really should do it,” Harada said at the time.
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