It turns out that after a few months since the release of Street Fighter X Tekken, not many people have bought the game. Capcom has recently come out and stated that the poor sales are due to ‘cannibalism’, but could it possibly be down to many gamers losing faith in Capcom and their industry tactics?
Capcom has conceded that the 1.4 million sales recorded for the fighting crossover since its release in March, is below their expectations. The reason, according to the company is due to cannibalism and in their opinion, the sheer amount of fighting games releasing too close to each other.
Gamers on the other hand may be raising one or two eyebrows over this explanation. The Mortal Kombat reboot from NetherRealm Realm studios on the other hand enjoyed an instant success, shifting over 3 million copies since launch and picking up the award for Best Fighting Game at the 2011 Spike VGAs.
It really is no secret that the on-disc DLC shenanigans for Street Fighter X Tekken have come back to hurt Capcom in the pocket. The multiple editions of Street Fighter IV may have also cast some doubt in the minds of consumers who were unsure whether a similar ‘ultimate’ version of Street Fighter X Tekken will release in the future. Capcom has said that they would not be doing this for the game, but consumers have obviously held back.
With Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV, SSF IV: Arcade Edition and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars all released in the space of a few years, could the ‘cannibalism’ or even saturation finger be pointed at Capcom?
We’ve read comments on Twitter along the lines of ‘Capcom only have themselves to blame’, but do you think this is a bit harsh or deserved? It will be interesting to see what Namco Bandai think of all this as they look to release Tekken X Street Fighter – their version of the crossover game. If you thought twice about picking up Street Fighter X Tekken, let us know your thoughts on this.