The popular developer of fighting games Capcom announced that it has joined forces with Bandai Namco, yet another renowned name in the e-sports industry. Namco is the creator of the Tekken franchise, and Capcom is the developer of Street Fighter. The new partnership was signed with the aim of improving the matchmaking stability in Street Fighter.
In a relatively brief press statement, Capcom repeatedly mentioned the Street Fighter, which most likely means the Street Fighter 5 will be in the focus of the cross-licensing agreement.
The official Capcom press release states that the main purpose of the agreement was improving users’ experience and accelerating the production of new gaming titles.
E-sports industry analysts commented on the new partnership and unanimously confirmed that it is a strategic one. On one hand, Tekken 7 is known as a game delivering a great online experience. On the other hand, the online experience is one of Street Fighter V’s weaknesses. More precisely, the game developers need to work in the net code and matchmaking direction.
In addition, the agreement comes just in time for Capcom. The approaching release of the Marvel vs Capcom Infinite (Sept. 19th, 2017) is yet another reason why company’s partnership with Namco was a strategic move.
Capcom was in high hopes for the Street Fighter 5, but the latter missed the target of 2 million copies sold by the end of fiscal 2017. Instead, the company sold 1.6 million copies.
The announcement regarding the cross-licensing agreement has quickly made its way to gaming forums. Players expressed their hopes that Tekken characters will be present in the next seasons of Street Fighter V.
As for Bandai Namco, it is currently associated with Tekken 7. Tekken itself is a fearsome rival of Street Fighter. Now, when the agreement is in full force and effect fans keep their fingers crossed that the Tekken X Street Fighter collaborated game will be finally released.