“If you are not making games on the 360, then you are doing something wrong,” argues Katsuhiro Harada, whose Tekken series was once the flagship PlayStation fighter. With the rise of Microsoft's platform, particularly in the west, Harada says bringing titles such as Tekken 6 to the Xbox 360 was an easy decision. Harada says his series continues to enjoy the #1 fighting game spot in Asia and Europe, but evidence of Harada’s ambitions for the Tekken series can be seen in the continued playful rivalry with Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono. Ever pugnacious, Harada predicts his interpretation of Street Fighter's signature characters could beat Ono's own.
“Maybe I shouldn't say this, as I mean no disrespect to Ono-san,” says Harada, who recently hit Ono in the face with a cream pie before cheering onlookers, “but Ryu and Ken will probably be even better in 3D.” Harada's Tekken X Street Fighter is being developed in tandem with Ono's Street Fighter X Tekken – a collaboration born, according to Harada, over an evening of drinking. Harada's title will bring Capcom's characters into the Tekken style of play, hopefully with better results than the series' last foray into 3D play, the Street Fighter Ex series.
Above: Ryu takes on Tekken. Glimpses of Tekken X Street Fighter may be a ways off yet
Tekken X Street Fighter is slated to release in October 2012, following Capcom's version in March: Harada says that while he and Ono have allowed each other total free reign over each others' characters, there is a timeline in place for each game's schedule of releases and iterations. “But who knows,” suggests Harada, “there may be one Super Edition...”
Jul 28, 2011