Capcom announced on the 19th of June 2017 that they would be entering a cross-licensing agreement with Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. This agreement will be about online match making in their Intellectual properties for instance Street Fighter and Tekken.
The purpose of this agreement is to improve the user experience while accelerating the production of titles and reducing development costs for both parties. Further, with this cross-license for online matching, Capcom aims to effectively utilise the patents it has been granted in-game series such as Street Fighter in order to deliver even more exciting content to game players.
Capcom have been experiencing problems from the Street Fighter Community of players regarding Street Fighter 5 these problems include constant server maintenance to slow matchmaking (which was addressed in the recent update), the game has struggled with connectivity since launch.
Two major publishers in the gaming industry working together to assist each other in their online services could potentially fix issues faster and improve the overall end-user experience overall. Not only that, but the acceleration of title production may also lead to faster release times for new content and game updates. When two companies partner up it is usually for some sort of IP crossover. We’ve seen Capcom and Bandai Namco come together in the past to create Street Fighter X Tekken, and most recently witnessed Street Fighter’s Akuma make a guest appearance as a playable character in Tekken 7.
While this press release is centred around online matching and not on future projects, it could potentially open the door for more crossovers. We’ll just have to wait and see.This is certainly an interesting development for Capcom fans. It will be fascinating to see what kind of improvements this partnership will garner down the road.With this agreement as a starting point, Capcom will continue to explore cross-licensing opportunities this leads me to my next point in order to safeguard its patents while improving the user experience and contributing to a healthier game industry.
Since the release of Street Fighter X Tekken a lot of people are waiting for Tekken X Street fighter this deal could mean Capcom and Namco are aiming to work on a lot more projects for the future of fighting games.
In my opinion the fact that Akuma was included in the game was a test to evaluate how a 2D character would be like in a 3D setting. Akuma’s movements, frame data, EX-bar etch has been developed in a Tekken setting successfully and now we could possibly see a sequel spinoff to Street Fighter X Tekken, Tekken X Street Fighter which would be an astonishing title for fighting gamers in general.