Street Fighter series producer Yoshinoro Ono and Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada are due for a rematch, and they'll get their chance during a TEKKEN X Street Fighter tournament at GamesCom. The trash talk is already flying.
Capcom's reveal of Street Fighter X Tekken at Comic-Con might have stolen the show, but it was Tekken's Katsuhiro Harada who triumphed over Street Fighter's Yoshinoro Ono in the first public Street Fighter X Tekken match.
The rivalry continues later this month at GamesCom, where Namco Bandai will be revealing their end of the bargain, Tekken X Street fighter, featuring classic Tekken 3D gameplay with Street Fighter characters added to the mix.
The pair will face off on stage on Thursday, August 19. Once the creators settle their differences, players will be invited on stage to compete against each other, with everyone attending walking away with Tekken X Street Fighter goodies.
And yes, the two creators have already begun taking pot-shots at one another.
"Our gathering of Street Fighter fans at the special occasion of ComiCon in San Diego was marred when Harada pathetically attempted to bribe everyone present with free copies of his games," said Yoshinori Ono, Street Fighter Series Producer, Capcom. "Capcom, however, is an honourable company. We don't just crash other companies' events. So I've properly notified in advance that I will participate in the TEKKEN fan event planned for GamesCom. Since it is by invitation of the TEKKEN team, I expect Harada to have various underhanded surprises planned. Knowing this, I still plan to participate in the event while overcoming any obstacles he may have planned so that I can show them what a real fighting game is all about. I'll also take with me the shaving oil I received from Hakan and the shaving razor from Vega so that I can erase that overgrown beard of Harada's, exposing that baby face to go with his childish actions. It should turn out to be a great party!"
Ouch. Then Harada takes things even further.
"After releasing Street Fighter III: Third Strike in 1999, Ono disappeared from the fighting game scene. Even though there were many requests for a sequel from fighting game fans, and even veteran fighting game developers like myself, Ono, Ryu, Chun Li and crew failed to show their faces for 10 years," said Katsuhiro Harada, TEKKEN Series Director at Namco Bandai Games Inc. "When they do finally show after a blank of 10 years, they don't even bother to say a few words to the Mishima Zaibatsu, who helped maintain the fighting game scene for the 10 years they were gone. Not only that, they flee Japan to have their little gathering of fanboys at Comic-Con in San Diego. So I made a sudden appearance at their little event, handed out a few free games to gain favour and delivered a challenge to Ono. Unfortunately, we weren't able to settle things at Comic-Con but I'll face him again this time in Europe – at Cologne! Blows are exchanged in place of civilities – that's how it's done at the Mishima Zaibatsu. "
Find out how the rivalry plays out two weeks from now, when Kotaku visits Germany for GamesCom 2010.