UPDATE: Namco Vs. Capcom Not One, But Two Games?
Ever since two prominent Namco and Capcom producers appeared at Evo 2010 in Las Vegas just over a week ago, rumors have run wild about a Namco vs. Capcom game. Game Informer has done some digging and found intel that will please Street Fighter and Tekken fans alike.
To catch people up, Namco Bandai's Katsuhiro Harada and Capcom's Yoshinori Ono playfully teased the crowd at the Evo fighting game tournament with some onstage banter (see video below). The most important information concerned a fighting game debut trailer set to go live on Saturday, July 24th during Comic-Con.
According to our sources, Capcom will make a Capcom vs. Namco game using the Street Fighter IV engine and Namco Bandai will create Namco vs. Capcom with the Tekken 6 engine. This means that each game will play and look like whichever company is creating it. Think hadoukens, Ultra Combos, and 2.5D presentation on the Capcom side and three dimensional movement, in-depth move lists, and most likely, a playable panda on the Namco side. Ono is rumored to produce the Capcom game, and we're guessing that Harada will handle the Namco end of things.
Capcom's done its fair share of fighting game crossovers before with companies like Marvel and SNK, but this could be the first time that two totally separate games are produced simultaneously.
UPDATE: The SNK vs. Capcom series has leap frogged back and forth over the years with SNK releasing SvC: The Match of the Millennium releasing on Neo Geo Pocket Color in 1999, then Capcom released CvS 1 and 2 in arcades in 2000 and 2001, and finally SNK answered with a true arcade fighter in 2003 with SvC: SVC Chaos. There were also some SNK card games along the way.
Be sure to come on back this Saturday to see if our information rings true.