Capcom released a plethora of new info for Street Fighter X Tekken for this year’s Tokyo Game Show, including new characters, info on new online modes, and a new special combat mechanic.
Starting off, the new characters added from the Street Fighter side include grappler favorite Zangief and the fan-demanded Final Fight and Street Fighter Alpha bad guy Rolento. Heihachi Mishima and Lili (from Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection) are the latest added Tekken characters added to this game’s roster.
Announced during the Sony press conference in Sep. 14, fans of the Japanese Sony mascot cats Toro and Kuro will be happy to know that these characters are playable on the Vita version in Japan. Toro and Kuro will play very similar to Street Fighter X Tekken’s headline characters Ryu and Kazuya Mishima, respectively.
Along with the officially announced characters, a cinematic video teasing Rufus from Street Fighter IV and Tekken’s Marshall Law was shown.
The competitive local and online capabilities have expanded beyond the usual “two players against each other” seen in previous fighting games. To compliment the four-character tag battle system, Street Fighter X Tekken now allows two players to cooperate by playing a character. For those who wanna practice combos or other techniques with friends, the “Briefing Room” allows online capabilities in the game’s training mode. If you wanna have chaotic fun, “Scramble Mode” has all four players fight it out at once.
One of the biggest reveals is the introduction of a new comeback mechanism dubbed “Pandora Mode.” Now a significant part of Street Fighter X Tekken’s story, Pandora Mode allows a player to sacrifice one of their characters for the other to gain a short but significant power boost. In addition to the boost, Capcom-Unity expanded on the mode with the penalty of a Pandora-enabled character being done for after their meter depletes.
There will be a lot more characters and info coming real soon, but expect Street Fighter X Tekken to release in spring 2012 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the PlayStation Vita. Make sure to check out the video trailer as well as new screenshots!