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EVO 2022 was a return to form for the fighting game tournament. It was the first in-person competition since the covid pandemic, it was where Kimberly and Juri were revealed in Street Fighter 6, and it was the first time in 16 years that SNK vs. Capcom was mentioned in an official capacity. It got fighting game fans talking.
Collaborative SNK vs. Capcom posters was shown at EVO, but it was not an announcement of a new game in the series. In fact, there hasn’t been one since SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS in 2006. The last pure fighting game in the crossover series was from three years before that — SVC Chaos released in 2003.
It’s been a while, but that doesn’t mean SNK vs. The Capcom series is gone forever. In fact, producer Yauyuki Oda has stated that a new entry is finally possible. Talking to VGC, Oda mentioned that the EVO crossover posters were very well received, which means there is interest in another SNK vs. Capcom games. “Certainly in the future, it’s something that I think everyone on all sides [is] interested in making a reality,” he said. “That [posters] helped us confirm that it’s probably one of the most sought-after items from the fighting game community worldwide.”
Of course, there are plenty of other projects “on all sides” that are taking priority right now. For Oda’s part, he produced this year’s King of Fighters XV and continues to support it with additional characters such as Omega Rugal. SNK vs. Capcom 2 director Hideaki Itsuno is back in the director’s seat for the upcoming Dragon’s Dogma 2. As for Capcom fighting games, the focus is naturally on Street Fighter 6. It’s due for release sometime in 2023, so don’t expect anything further on a new SNK vs. Capcom until after that at the earliest.