Will this be history repeating itself again?
Out of the world renowned game expo from the Far East, the Tokyo Game Show offered some exciting news all last week. One that caught my attention that many gamers should be very excited about is for the new Strategy RPG mash up, Project X Zone. The new Nintendo 3DS IP, is a historical developer collaboration from Namco Bandai, Capcom, and Sega.
With the announcement on September 18, presented a 16 minute trailer giving us a rundown of countless featured characters from the big three studios, battle system, and RPG elements. But what really got my senses tingling was is this just a sequel to Namco X Capcom (which has not been confirmed) or could this be De Ja Vu all over again? Setting a path for the big three studios to deliver us one of the biggest cross collaboration in fighting games.
Here is how:
History has a way of repeating itself in this industry, but long in behold the perk does gives us some goodies to enjoy for the future. Remember when Namco x Capcom was released only in Japan in 2005 and never made way to the west even after countless petitions to have it localized. It was the first game officially to feature Jin and Ryu in a game together over MUGEN mock ups long before. From the countless MUGEN builds and various localization campaigns for Namco x Capcom to release in the United States , the studios had another idea in the making that fans have asked for , which was a cross fighter of the two finally, Street Fighter x Tekken and Tekken x Street Fighter. Adding Sega to the equation will be a piece of cake just by giving us some ideas in Project X Zone that could add to their fighting abilities in the cross fighter.
What would we want in a Namco x Sega x Capcom Fighting Game?
Tons of Characters! :
Since these three are adding numerous characters from all three studios, the same adaptation should apply as well. Plenty of times fan favorites make it to the battlegrounds in a cross fighter but what about the lost and forgotten characters of each studio? Project X Zone alone has announced over 20 characters from different franchises across the three. Having a plethora to choose from can be the first MUGEN to hit consoles officially. My only fear is the DLC packages; Namco Bandai and Capcom alone have two different philosophies as far as costs.
Fighting System :
Street Fighter X Tekken should stay where it is at, especially with the Gem system alone. All of the studios combined should have a say in the system as a whole because leaving it up to one would just be another Street Fighter, Tekken, or Virtua Fighter. Another system build should be made or just include all elements from the three studio’s fighting games. The tag team and 1 v 1 modes should also be an option. The look per se can be a 2 D/3D anime look like Tatsunoko vs Capcom fighter to pay homage to the RPG is spawned from and give it a classic arcade nostalgic feel.
Keeping the SRPG aspect should still be delivered in the Fighting IP of Project X Zone if it ever comes into making. Just like Namco Bandai’s Soul Calibur , which featured a same type of RPG element in its story mode. So keeping its SRPG roots can stay intact and add another replay ability feature for any RPG and Fighting games fanatic.
Aside from the new announced SRPG potentially becoming a fighting game like its predecessor, the new 3DS IP ,Project X Zone should be a fan favorite with tons of characters finally side by side in one game. The new title is due for release in in Japan on October 11th.A US release date has yet to be announced.
Check out the 16 minute video below on the new Nintendo 3DS IP, Project X Zone, and share with us your ideas on what can be added to make this come to life and localize it for the states.