Back in the golden era of fighting games, SNK and Capcom were rivals in the arcade. While Capcom was busy leaving its footprints through the Street Fighter series, SNK was gaining recognition through its beautiful-looking fighting game series.
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Naturally, the community erupted when both companies came together to collaborate and make games with their IPs. SNK made various portable games, card games and one arcade game. On the other hand, Capcom made two complete arcade and console fighting games called Capcom vs SNK in 2000 and 2001.
Unfortunately, things didn’t end on a good note for either company, straining their relationship for years to come. Years later, it seems things have changed for both companies for good, as noticed in EVO 2022 this year.
【EVO2022 SNK x Capcom】
After more than a decade, SNK and Capcom are back for two collaborative posters from the legendary illustrators Eisuke Ogura and Shinkiro!
Come get yours at the SNK Booth!#KOF15 #KOFXV #Evo2022 pic.twitter.com/s1xTpz2Awg
— SNK GLOBAL (@SNKPofficial) August 5, 2022
It doesn’t end there, as after the popularity the posters from EVO 2022 received, it seems there are chances of a new Capcom vs SNK in the current year.
Speaking with VGC, Yasuyuki Oda, the producer at SNK, suggests a chance for a new crossover series. Oda-san is well known for producing Samurai Shodown and The King of Fighters 15 in recent times.
He referenced the poster from EVO 2022, which featured artwork from Capcom’s illustrator Shinkiro and SNK’s illustrator Eisuke Ogura. The merch reception was so positive that it reconfirmed the public’s interest in a potential crossover series.
When asked if he was interested in creating a new SNK vs Capcom game, Oda-san said:
Definitely in the future, that’s something that I think everybody on all sides, in both parties, are interested in making a reality.
Especially after we saw the reaction to the [Evo posters]… it helped us reconfirm that that is probably one of the most wanted things from the fighting game community across the entire world.
Oda-san was also asked if any specific plans were in place, to which he replied
We haven’t really talked in detail with anybody at Capcom about it. It might have come up as a vague comment. However, we have a lot of experience [in crossovers] with things like Akuma and Geese in Tekken, Terry [Bogard] in Fighting EX Layer, Terry in Smash Bros., and Baiken in Samurai Showdown.
But recently, we haven’t actually done anything with Capcom, even on character collaboration stuff. So that poster [at Evo], in our sense, was the first step towards maybe something like that happening in the future.
Oda-san also says that fans don’t have to wait twenty years for this to be a reality, and they’ll try to get it done in ten years. In recent years Capcom’s side has shown interest in a collaboration, so we never know.