Speaking during an interview with GameSpot, Tekken boss Katsuhiro Harada has revealed that development of the crossover fighting game, Tekken x Street Fighter, has been put on hold.
Harada-san said that the decision boils down to not wanting to split the fighting game community.
"When we develop fighting games, we try to keep the core community in mind as well as the wider audience that wants to play these games," said Harada-san. "But currently the situation is with fighting games, you have Street Fighter V that just released–a lot of people are playing that fervently–and there’s a large crowd out there waiting or Tekken 7."
"We don’t want to split these communities, so a good window in which to release Tekken x Street Fighter is something that’s become difficult recently. So it’s on hold for the moment."
Announced alongside Street Fighter x Tekken at the San Diego Comic-Con back in 2010, Tekken x Street Fighter will feature a range of combatants plucked from both franchises, and will aesthetically share similarities with the mainline Tekken games.
While Street Fighter x Tekken was released back in early 2012, Namco has been very quiet when it comes to releasing new info on its own project. In fact, aside from a few concept art pieces, we’ve never seen what the game looks like in action.
Harada-san confirmed earlier in the year that Tekken x Street Fighter was still in development but could not commit to a release window. After this latest revelation however, it’s obvious the game won’t see the light of day for quite some time.