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Tekken X Street Fighter officially on hold, says Namco

Tekken director cites other fighting games launching this year

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Tekken X Street Fighter, Bandai Namco's long overdue reciprocation of 2012's Street Fighter X Tekken, is not in active development, the series' longtime director tells GameSpot.

Katsuhiro Harada said that launching a crossover now could fragment both the Tekken and Street Fighter communities, in light of this year's Street Fighter 5 launch and Tekken 7: Fated Retribution coming to PlayStation 4 sometime this year.

"A good window in which to release Tekken X Street Fighter is something that's become difficult recently," Harada said, adding that "it's on hold for the moment."

Tekken X Street Fighter dates all the way to 2010, when it was announced in partnership with Capcom. The two publishers would lend each other their cast of fighting game characters, with Capcom leading the way in 2012's Street Fighter X Tekken for PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360, and Tekken X Street Fighter following sometime after.

Bandai Namco's progress on its end of the partnership was slow enough to require annual assurances that it was still in development. Then, late last year, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution revealed that Street Fighter fan-favorite Akuma would be part of its lineup, bringing the Street Fighter EX meter with him.

Bandai Namco has been busy with other games, too, including Pokken Tournament, a partnership with The Pokemon Company and Nintendo which launched on Wii U in March after its arcade debut in Japan last year.

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