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Flavor Article: Why Can’t American Companies Set Aside Ego and Just Get Along?

Xeawn here. You might remember me from such popular nerd rants as that Tomb Raider one, or that RPG one, or that one time I got into a knife fight with Godzilla…AND WON!!! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAH!!!!

Ulala and Jin Kazama versus the Reaverbots from Mega Man Legends? Sure, why not!

Ulala and Jin Kazama versus the Reaverbots from Mega Man Legends? Sure, why not!

Today I’m here to talk to you about crossovers. So, I’ve been spending a ridiculous amount of time playing Project x Zone, as you all should be, and it got me thinking. American companies, what the crap is your problem?!?!

Seriously! In Japan crossovers happen so often you might have a reasonably hard time remembering that Ryu isn’t from Tekken or that Soma and Lindow aren’t from Mega Man! Japanese companies have never had an issue getting together to collaborate, whether its Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Toriko, One Piece, and pretty much every other anime ever made, or Capcom, Namco Bandai, Sega and more. Project x Zone marks the third major crossover between the companies after Cross Edge and Namco x Capcom, and it just leaves me wondering why Americans and Europeans can’t get their crap together and leave their egos at the door.

“Watchu talkin’ bout Xeawn! Maybe they just haven’t asked each other yet!”

OOOOOOOOOOH REALLY?!?! Did you know that Marcus Fenix was supposed to be in two, count em’, TWO FREAKING FIGHTING GAMES!!! Yeah, I kid you not.

Ed Boon wanted Marcus for Mortal Kombat 9, but guess what happened? Cliff Bleszinski wanted way more money than the team could/wanted to pony up, and Marcus got Cut from the game. I wonder if he Saw it coming! Get it, cut, saw? A HA HA HA HA OW! STOP THROWING THINGS! OW! SORRY!

"Siggy, Marcus won't return my calls. I'm sorry hon, I don't think he and Anya can make it to our couples night." "Darn. Well, what about Edzio? He has a girlfriend right?" "I'm sure he can find a date, that guy shows up everywhere!"

“Siggy, Marcus won’t return my calls. I’m sorry hon, I don’t think he and Anya can make it to our couples night.”
“Darn. Well, what about Edzio? He has a girlfriend right?”
“I’m sure he can find a date, that guy shows up everywhere!”

Anyways, the Soul Calibur team wanted Marcus also, but again, Epic wanted too much money and so we got Edzio instead. FREAKING EDZIO! I wouldn’t have minded if we got, like, I dunno, Connor (who didn’t exist yet) or Aveline (ditto), but I’m just kinda tired of seeing Edzio in places.

Now, when Namco is like “Hey guy, can we have Ryu for a game?” is Capcom like “Yeah, FOR ALL OF YOUR MONEY AS WELL AS YOUR PUPPY AND YOUR SOUL!!!!!!”?

No. They’re like “Sure, no problem. Oh hey, can we borrow Kazuya?”

“Yeah, go for it.”

“Thanks man. Hey, you wanna make a game some time?”

“Sure, fighting game or like, I dunno, RPG/Strategy Tactics?”

“LET’S DO BOTH!”

“Cool! Hey Capcom, wanna get Sega in on this?”

“AWWWW YEAH!”

And that is how I picture in my head that Project x Zone happened, followed by jetpacks and dinosaur rides.

If American and European companies could keep their ego and expectations out of the way, we’d have projects over here that are like Dream Mix TV: World Fighters (which is the best party game on the planet because it puts Bomberman in a Super Smash Bros. style game) or Battle Stadium: D.O.N. or Jump: Ultimate Superstars, and less…oh wait, there’s nothing to compare it to over here BECAUSE EGO AND EXPECTATIONS!

"Hm? Oh, don't mind me. I'm just over here making all of your dreams come true. Right now I'm working on a NiGHTS Into Dreams and Vector Man crossover! Also, I bought you a unicorn!"

“Hm? Oh, don’t mind me. I’m just over here making all of your dreams come true. Right now I’m working on a NiGHTS Into Dreams and Vector Man crossover! Also, I bought you a unicorn!”

Ed Boon seems to be the only guy capable of making it work, since we got the pretty amazing Mortal Kombat vs DCU (which was freaking awesome no matter what anyone wants to say!) and then we got Scorpion in the also amazing Injustice: Gods Among Us, and indie devs are more than willing to collaborate.

I mean, come on, what if we had Marcus in a fighting game? Or freaking Commander Shepard (who wouldn’t be that hard; just have like ten costumes and five would be men of varying race and five would be women of varying race, problem solved)? Or…um…Dragon Age person? Or…um…hold on, I know we’ve made more games aside from Call of Duty or Battlefield…

I guess we could have a Big Sister or Booker DeWitt in a game?

Okay, so the more I think about it maybe if we just look at games we don’t have a lot to bring to the table…but…what about other forms of media? Can you imagine an Ed Boon helmed Marvel vs DC? That’d be great, right? I just wish we could get along like Japanese studios do. I mean dang, if I want to see Karas and Casshern beat up Zero and Frank West, all I have to do is pop in Tatsunoko vs Capcom and I’m good to go!

I don't know why, but this always just seems so natural!

I don’t know why, but this always just seems so natural!

So, what worlds do you want to see collide? Wanna see Super Man fighting Master Chief? Or Dominic Santiago throw down with Commander Shepard? Or Kratos and Nariko…wait…that’s in Playstation All Stars…

Anyways, leave a comment below! Xeawn, out!

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2 comments on “Flavor Article: Why Can’t American Companies Set Aside Ego and Just Get Along?

  1. I’d like to see more crossover (I just heard that in Walken’s More Cowbell voice) in something other than fighters. I like fighters for, like, a week and then I’m done. But, could you imagine Chun-Li and Lara Croft working together to solve some mysterious crime where Bison needed an artifact to wreak havoc? It could involve some switch out ala GTA: V or even be an online/on couch co-op. It could even be played like that Lara Croft XBLA title, that escapes me. I don’t know, but that peaks my interest more than button mashing with Scorpion and beating on Joker.

    • I wouldn’t be thrilled with the Cannon Spike style Tomb Raider: Guardian of Light gameplay, but man, a crossover with Chun-Li and Lara Croft would be insane!

      I’d like to see, say, Juri and Asura, or…Mega Man X and Adam Jensen. Maybe Samanosuke Aketchi with Zero would be cool too.

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