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Capcom, Sega, and Namco Bandai Team Up

A crazy new strategy-RPG is in the works. Can you say "crossover"?

For a whole legion of fanboys and girls, the fact that the Capcom and Namco team-up strategy game Namco x Capcom never made it to North America was a tragedy. Even though the game was reportedly average at best, the idea of two major Japanese companies mashing all of their franchises into a massive strategy-RPG was a tantalizing thought. Well, those fanboys and girls may have another shot at the crossover insanity, with an extra company thrown into the mix. Enter Project X Zone (the “x” is pronounced “cross” as before), a new strategy-RPG featuring characters from Capcom, Namco Bandai, and Sega. Before your head explodes, consider reading on.

Details are somewhat sparse at the moment, as the information comes from the latest issue of the popular Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. The game looks to be set up very similarly to Namco x Capcom, with characters teaming up to unleash all manner of normal and special attacks. You can expect to see all of these characters' signature moves, such as Ken and Ryu’s Dragon Punch, Dante’s air juggle, and Jill Valentine’s rocket launcher.

Project x Zone is surprisingly done with sprite art, which means some of these characters are getting the 2D hand-drawn look for the first time. The roster is obviously going to be huge. Of course there are no-brainer characters like Ken and Ryu (Street Fighter), Pai and Akira (Virtua Fighter), and Tekken’s Jin and Ling Xiaoyu. But there are some surprising appearances from Space Channel 5’s Ulala, Tales of Vesperia’s Yuri, and even Black Rose from the .Hack series.

According to an interview with Kensuke Tsukanaka from Namco Bandai, the game is about 50% complete, and they hope to release the game in Japan this year. No word on a U.S. release of course, but we here at PixlBit will be keeping a close eye on this one. We don't have footage of this game yet, but take a look at some gameplay of Namco x Capcom for a good idea of what this new crossover should look like.



Our Take

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/11/2012 at 10:03 PM

An RPG starring Ken, Dante, Black Rose, and KOS-MOS?


Jon Lewis Staff Writer

04/12/2012 at 07:28 AM

ANNND X, Zero, Chris, Jill and my favorite Tales character Yuri???



04/12/2012 at 11:22 AM

just shot to the top of my import japanese rpg list

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/12/2012 at 01:00 PM

If we don't get this, I'll probably import it as well. I used to play a ton of imports on the PSX and Saturn, but it was such a pain on the PS2 that I didn't bother. 


04/12/2012 at 01:24 PM

importing is easier on the ps2 actually

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/12/2012 at 01:27 PM

We never found a good, reliable device to get imports to play on PS2. We modded PSX systems when that was still legal, but I preferred the swap method.


04/12/2012 at 05:01 PM

and you can do the swap method easier on the PS2

Nick DiMola Director

04/13/2012 at 07:48 AM

If you consider easier taking the case off of your PS2 and voiding your warranty, then yes, it was easier... if you also had a Game Shark.


04/13/2012 at 03:06 PM

What are you talking about? All you needed was an early ps2 model, swap magic, and you were playing region free

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

04/13/2012 at 10:46 AM

This looks a lot like another crossover game I've been playing developed by Monolith Soft.  If it plays in a similar manner (and the screeshots seem to indicate it will) this could be one to watch.

(bonus, this game features KOS-MOS as well Julian.)

Julian Titus Senior Editor

04/13/2012 at 03:33 PM

I wish we could get the "real" Super Robot Wars games here, but the licensing is insane. I bought one on the GBA, but without the Gundams and Evas, it's just not as cool.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

04/13/2012 at 03:57 PM

Yeah, and I don't really think this game deserves the Super Robot Taisen moniker, but it is fun.  Very heavy on the fan service though.  If you've got a sense of humor for that sort of thing (IE you were able to take the famous "thunder tits" joke) then it's worth playing.

Also, the two games are definatly related.  The characters have a lot of the same moves and animations, and on top of that, a lot of the music I've heard is in both games.  I'm gonna watch out for this one for sure.

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