Contrary to earlier reports made, Tekken X Street Fighter is not cancelled as Tekken director and producer Katsuhiro clarifies a subtitle mistranslation was the reason for many to believe that the project died.
In a tweet released by the man himself, Harada shared his frustration about the subtitle problem from the Harada’s Bar video he was featured in and apologized to fans — while also explaining what he actually meant in regards to Tekken X Street Fighter’s state.
First of all, at around 21 minutes and 25 seconds, he says “今はとめてますよ(ima tomete masuyo)” which means “It’s pending state,” similar to “pause” and This is the same word we have been talking about before.
So, “up to 30% of the development was in progress, but now it is still pending”. This is still the status of the project.
Next we are talking about “Artist Collaboration” starting at minute 22. This is a story about how we had a famous artist draw a certain illustration for us during the development of TK x SF (TEKKEN also has illustrations in collaboration with famous artists, something like that). I say “Okura-iri ni nattan dayo na” in Japanese about this illustration collaboration.
For some reason, the meaning of the word “Okura-iri” is “Project died”, but the original meaning of “Okura-iri” is “be shelved” or “put in storage”.
Contracts with artists and collaborators outside of development are subject to terms and conditions, including duration, so we do not own the rights to them indefinitely.
So, this one has been put in storage for now.
You can see that the original Japanese and the English subtitles give a very different impression (so people who can hear Japanese are not particularly interested in this topic thing).
So there you have it! Harada himself officially puts it on the record that Tekken X Street Fighter is shelved for the time being, and our previous report on it being cancelled was cleared up and not true.
Let’s hope the game gets released sometime this console generation.