By: Paul Semel
History is rife with rivalries that escalated to the point of being epic: The Hatfields vs. The McCoys, Ali vs. Frazier, King Kong vs. Godzilla But not since Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds has there been as grand a match-up as that forthcoming in Street Fighter X Tekken. Okay, so the idea of a fighting game that lets you pit characters from two different games against each other may not be the most unusual idea, especially since some of the character already appeared together in 2005s action-tactical RPG Namco X Capcom, and Namco is already prepping a reverse sequel of sorts called Tekken X Street Fighter. But if what Capcom showed of SFXT at a recent hands-on event at the Gansevoort Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida is any indication, this cross-corporation brawler may be the most epic battle of 2012.
If you didnt know better, youd think SFXT is just Super Street Fighter IV with some Tekken characters crashing the party. But while it does have the formers painted look and 2D plane of battle, producer Yoshinori Ono says the fighting mechanics are actually a hybrid of the two brawlers. The two games have very different styles, he explains, speaking through a translator. Street Fighter has always had a slower pace, its always been more deliberate, while Tekken is more aggressive. So were trying to merge the two together into something completely new. The button layouts are also a mixture, Ono notes, with all of the characters utilizing the six-button controls of Street Fighter, but the Tekken warriors employing their usual four-button combos as well.
Taking a cue from the non-cannonical Tekken spinoff Tekken Tag Tournament and the semi-SF-related Marvel vs. Capcom series, SFXTs fights are two-person tag team-ups. As in TTT, the match will end if either character dies, and swapping characters doesnt restore the health of the one youve benched like it does in MvC. Although Ono did note that while there are some story-related twosomes, there are no distinct gameplay advantages to any pairing. Yeah, if you put Ryu and Ken together, you dont get a 50% power boost or some special move. We want players to be able to set up any partnership they so choose.
Ono also revealed that among the characters youll be able to partner up are Guile, Ken, and Abel from the Street Fighter series and King, Bob, and Craig Marduk from Tekken, who join such previously announced combatants as Street Fighter staples Ryu and Chun-Li and Tekken stalwarts Nina and Kazuya. Ono was quick to add that this was just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of characters in this game, he says. Theres much more to come.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Release Date: Early 2012