An SNK vs. Capcom revival might be coming

The return of the fan-favorite crossover fighting game SNK vs. Capcom might be on the horizon, with both companies interested.

After a long hiatus, the return of the fan-favorite crossover fighting game SNK vs. Capcom might be on the horizon, with both companies interested.

The return of the fan-favorite crossover fighting game SNK vs. Capcom might be on the horizon, with both companies interested. (Images: Capcom/SNK)

Aside from the cardfighting games on portables, SNK vs. Capcom (also known among fans as SNK x Capcom and SVC) has not had a proper installment since 2003, with SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos. Since then, both SNK and Capcom had a series of ups and downs before both companies found their footing once again in recent years. Fighting games have returned to prominence among gamers across the globe, with King of Fighters XV and Street Fighter 6 being the newest entries from their respective owners.

Is the legendary crossover fighting game SNK vs. Capcom coming back? And if so, how soon will fans have to wait? Check out everything we know so far.

EVO 2022

The rumblings of a return of the SNK vs. Capcom collaborative fighting game came about during EVO 2022.

At the event, a pair of posters illustrated by Eisuke Ogura and Shinkiro surfaced. The posters depicted the two companies’ famous characters welcoming one another back to EVO. These included Ryu and Cammy from the Capcom side, while Rugal Bernstein and Ryo Sakazaki represented the SNK roster. These posters were available at the SNK booth during the event where the company also revealed a new Fatal Fury game in the works.

While this was more about welcoming the return of the event after the pandemic from the past couple of years prevented it from happening, fans of both franchises took it to mean that a new SNK vs. Capcom was in the works.

Parties interested

In an interview with VGC, Yasyuki Oda, SNK producer and designer opened up that there is a high potential for the fighting game crossover revival. Oda has been the man behind the recent resurgence of the SNK fighting game franchises, such as King of Fighters (with KoF XV) and Samurai Shodown.

SNK and Capcom also had card fighting games for portables between 1999 to 2007.

The aforementioned EVO posters were apparently a good indicator of the interest to do so. As Oda stated:

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.

But while fans have shown interest and the companies are willing to work on a revival, no actual plans are in place as of yet:

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, Terryin 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, in our sense, was the first step towards maybe something like that happening in the future.

However, Istuno may be preoccupied with other projects for the foreseeable future, including Devil May Cry and Dragon’s Dogma. So a third SNK vs. Capcom might not be for a while.

Will we see Ryu and Kyo Kusanagi together again? SNK and Capcom are certainly interested.

But how long will fans of the two franchises have to wait? Yasyuki Oda says "We’ll try and get it done in 10!"

For the meantime, fans of SNK fighting games can whet their appetites by playing King of Fighters XV Sony Playstation 4 and 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC. KoF XV is currently available through the SNK home site, the Epic Games Store, and Steam.

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