E3 2016: Tekken 7 Gives Tekken x Street Fighter New Hope

Money rules everything and in the world of video games it’s no different. In order for Tekken 7 to be made for consoles it needed a lot of help from it’s arcade release a year ago. With the inclusion of Akuma, Tekken has seen some success in arcades in Japan and in the West, but that’s now taking a decline. According to Tekken 7 Producer Katsuhiro Harada, it’s more stable now, but not as good as it used to be.

Money from that scene was used to create Tekken 7 for consoles and maybe add in a few new things here and there, but it’s still not enough for a new game or the elephant in the room that is Tekken x Street Fighter.

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While it has been said Tekken x Street Fighter is yet to be officially cancelled, it’s not necessarily good news. According to Harada neither Namco Bandai nor Capcom are in a place to start producing the highly anticipated fighter. With Capcom working away on Street Fighter V and Namco still working on Tekken 7 it’s just not the time to re-open talks about another game, but it’s not cancelled by any means.

What will it take for Tekken x Street Fighter to actually start being made? Well the obvious answer was the only one given and that’s for Tekken 7 to be very successful on consoles, but after already existing for a year in the arcades is that really a possibility?

Tekken 7 offers a glimmer of hope to Tekken x Street Fighter due the addition of Akuma possibly bringing in a new crop of fans and due to the game’s new accessibility. The last time we saw a Tekken game was around a six years ago with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and around a decade ago with Tekken 6. Since then they’ve added a few things to help newer fans of the series jump right in with the addition of Rage Arts and Power Crush.

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Rage Arts are moves that can be done when a player activates their Rage when low on health. They alter a single move and once used the player loses their Rage. Power Crush abilities are unstoppable moves that absorb damage from attacks while continuing to deal their own. The move or combos can’t be interrupted unlike using regular abilities or combos.

Surely more will be added to the Tekken 7 once it finally makes it way to consoles come early 2017 on current-gen and PC.