We’ve seen Capcom crossed with all sorts of different companies over the years. SNK, Bandai Namco, Marvel Comics, and even Tatsunoko Production are all on the list of collaborators for the makers of Street Fighter, but we’ve never seen them clash with DC Comics heroes and villains.
In a recent Game Informer Rapid Fire interview, Street Fighter 6 director Takayuki Nakayama and producer Shuhei Matsumoto sat down to answer 118 questions about the upcoming title. Here, Nakayama explained that his most wanted Street Fighter collabs are none other than DC Comics and Marvel Comics, though he notes that doing so would be “really difficult.”
Among the long list of questions, the interviewer asked the Street Fighter 6 developers which series they would most like to see Street Fighter crossovers with. Nakayama reacted quickly and brought up DC.
“I’m a huge fan of DC Comics, so working with DC and Marvel Comics would be awesome,” Nakayama began. “It would be fun, but really difficult.”
Such a crossover, Nakayama notes, would be very difficult to accomplish due to the legal hurdles that would be required to make it happen. Even at Marvel Comics, a company that has worked with Capcom in the past to create multiple Marvel vs. Capcom entries and other versus titles, aligning the stars to create one has proven difficult create another Marvel vs. Capcom game.
That being said, it would be incredibly interesting to see a DC vs Capcom battle match. However, Warner Bros. holds the rights to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Co., and NetherRealm Studios pioneered fighting games based on these characters.
NRS is also developing another long-running iconic fighting game franchise, Mortal Kombat, and the interviewer switched from that question to asking if the developers could ever see a Street Fighter X Mortal Kombat crossover.
“It would be very cool, but it can also be difficult to watch certain characters’ heads fall off,” Nakayama explained. “It might be okay if that happens off-screen,” Matsumoto continued.
That’s been the longstanding problem of seeing Ryu, Sub-Zero, Ken, and Scorpion fight in the same fighting game. Striking a balance between the gory nature of Mortal Kombat and the introduction of Street Fighter characters into that realm seems like a conundrum that neither Capcom nor NRS have been able to solve.
Full-fledged crossover titles are certainly hard to pin down, but one-off guest characters – while still elusive – are generally a more reasonable prospect and more likely. Game Informer asked which Marvel Comics character the developers thought would fit best in Street Fighter 6, and Nakayama had an interesting response.
“I want to do Killmonger,” the director said. The main villain in the 2018 Marvel Studios film Black Panther, Erik Killmonger is a former United States Navy SEAL of Wakandan descent who harnesses the power of the Black Panther on top of his already excellent combat skills.
We saw Black Panther make his fighting game debut in 2017’s Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, in which he was a strong rushdown character and had a playstyle similar to Wolverine in previous Marvel vs. Capcom games. Why Nakayama thinks Killmonger would fit well into Street Fighter 6 isn’t clear, but it’s likely that the director is simply a fan and would love to see him in Capcom’s latest fighting title.
Street Fighter 6 doesn’t have a set release date yet, but is expected sometime in 2023. It will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and PC.