A new Capcom Vs. SNK could possibly be in the cards sometime in the future. SNK’s Yasuyuki Oda confirmed that people on “both sides” of the crossover series are interested in revisiting it.
Capcom and SNK traded blows in a storied rivalry back in the 1990s fighting game boom. The latter company actually started making its own fighters after some developers behind the former’s genre-defining Street Fighter jumped shipped to create Fatal Fury.
This rivalry then continued for most of the decade, with both companies actively taking shots at the other with parody characters in their respective games. Capcom had Dan from Street Fighter Alpha being a parody of Ryo and Robert from SNK’s Art of Fighting and Remy from Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike taking inspiration from Iori from SNK’s King of Fighters. Meanwhile, SNK fired back with Yuri from Art of Fighting and the King of Fighters, often seen copying moves from various Capcom characters, while also being a strong character in tournaments—something that wasn’t the case for Dan and Remy.
All this came to a head at the turn of the millennium when both companies decided to work together on a series of crossover titles from both. This resulted in games such as SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash, SvC Chaos: SNK vs Capcom and more. Of these, Capcom vs. SNK 2 is arguably the most iconic, garnering a large competitive following and appearing in numerous Evo tournaments. (Read: Here’s a rundown of all the Evo 2022 announcements)
This popularity, alongside the resurgence of its crossover sister series, Marvel vs. Capcom, during the 2010s, led to many calls from within the community for both companies to come together once again to create a new Capcom Vs. SNK game.
Now, it seems that a new Capcom vs. SNK entry may actually be something both companies would be amenable to working on.
“Definitely in the future, that’s something that I think everybody on all sides, in both parties, are interested in making a reality,” SNK’s Oda, the producer behind King of Fighters XV and Samurai Shodown, stated in an interview with Video Games Chronicle.
As part of the, he referenced the collaborative promotional posters that both companies released at Evo 2022. Oda stated that the positive reception to those “reconfirmed” the public’s interest in a potential new Capcom Vs. SNK game.
“Especially after we saw the reaction to the [Evo posters]… it helped us reconfirm that that is probably one of the most wanted things from the fighting game community across the entire world.”
That said, Oda stated that no such plans for a new Capcom Vs. SNK game were in place.
“We haven’t really talked in detail with anybody at Capcom about it. It might have come up as a vague comment,” Oda explained. “However, we have a lot of experience [in crossovers] with things like Akuma and Geese in Tekken , Terry [Bogard] in Fighting EX Layer, Terry in Smash Bros., and Baiken in Samurai Showdown…”
Oda isn’t the only person involved with either company interested in a new Capcom Vs. SNK. Talking to Polygon last year, Capcom’s Hideaki Itsuno also expressed interest in making a new entry in the series. While more known for Devil May Cry and Dragon’s Dogma, Itsuno also served as the director for Capcom Vs. SNK 2.
Before a new Capcom Vs. SNK game, however, there’s the possibility that Capcom characters may appear in an SNK fighting game. A recent King of Fighters XV-related “leak” claimed that Street Fighter characters Ryu, Chun Li and Luke were set to be part of KOFXV‘s season two DLC. The leak reportedly came from the same 4chan account that correctly predicted the first season of KOFXV DLC. That said, the anonymous nature of the site makes it nearly impossible to verify.
That said, regardless of whether the leak is legitimate or not, both companies seem to be aware of the demand for a new Capcom Vs. SNK. The question now is how long it will take for one to materialize. Hopefully, as Oda states, it won’t take another 20 years.
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