Way back in 2010, classic gaming mainstays Capcom and Bandai Namco announced that the long-awaited crossover between the legendary Street Fighter and Tekken fighting game franchises would not only finally occur, but play out across two games, with each company placing the other’s “guest stars” in the context of their native franchise. But while Capcom’s Street Fighter X Tekken was released in 2012, Bandai Namco has thus far failed to release a complete Tekken X Street Fighter.
However, in the meantime, it has now been re-confirmed that Street Fighter character Akuma will appear as a guest character in Tekken 7, an arrangement first announced in 2015.
In the new trailer for the game, debuted as part of the 2016 E3 gaming expo, Akuma is seen in an epic martial-arts battle with Tekken mainstay Heihachi, with the two fighters (considered among the most powerful and dangerous in the lore of their respective series) coming to blows after Akuma makes a cryptic reference to Heihachi’s (supposedly) deceased wife Kazumi; further confirming that Akuma will play a part in the canonical storyline of the game as opposed to being an out-of-context bonus feature.
In Tekken lore, Heihachi Mishima is believed to have killed Kazumi after discovering she possessed the Devil Gene, a bloodline trait that confers dangerous power on those who harness it, and informs much of the often convoluted backstory of the Tekken games. While Kazumi has been depicted as a character in the animated Tekken: The Motion Picture and other sources, Tekken 7 will mark the first time she appears as a fighter character in her own right – though the circumstances of her return and her alliance with Akuma (whose name also means “Devil” and is known as Gouki or “The Great Ogre” in Japan) are yet to be fully understood.
Akuma’s place in Street Fighter lore is complicated, beginning with a 1992 April Fools joke in Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine claiming that the Street Fighter arcade game featured a hidden character named “Shen Long,” the incorporation of elements of this hoax character into the persona of Gouken (an offscreen character named as the trainer of Ryu and Ken) and the eventual development of Akuma as Gouken’s evil brother and “hidden boss” of Street Fighter II: Turbo. He has since become one of the most popular recurring fixtures of the franchise and a favorite of players.
Tekken 7 is set to launch in “early 2017,” with more characters and features expected to be announced before then. The official status of Tekken X Street Fighter remains unknown at this time. The project has been “on hold” since April of this year, though character models and other assets are known to have been completed. It has been presumed that work may resume when Tekken 7’s development has officially ended.
Source: Bandai Namco
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