Mattdeezie recently posted the Cross Assault daily blog on Capcom-Unity. Today’s topic goes over their contestant selection process, touching on what they were looking for in cast members as well as offering some insight into why Justin Wong and Xian weren’t chosen to join the show. They go through each of their choices to highlight why they thought the players would fit well on their respective teams, making strong cases for each and their viability to compete. It’s great to hear that Alex Valle and Aris Bakhtanians were brought on to not only coach the teams, but to also help make sure they were balanced for competition. Here’s a small excerpt to get you started, but definitely read the rest over at Capcom-Unity.
One of the things we quickly came to agreement on, was that this is a Street Fighter game, and Street Fighter players will have an innate advantage. So, yes, that is why the resumes on Team Tekken are a bit stacked. Additionally, we tried to target players that played Tekken, but still had some Street Fighter experience, to try and even the playing field. We did make it a criteria to select players from Team Tekken that have made a splash in the Tekken community. So for all those Street Fighter players that applied for Team Tekken, good try, but unfortunately you axed yourself.
Since the coaches have an incentive if their team wins Cross Assault, we wanted to make sure that they were part of the process, and signed off on the opposing team before locking it down. This will ensure both coaches feel the teams are balanced. Both coaches and the majority of our crew were involved in the discussion to lock the contestants. Cross Assault has a lot of strategic layers attached to it, and the way the coaches manage their team is a huge aspect of the show. So, for those claiming that Team Tekken is overpowered, you can give some credit to Aris for his negotiating tactics.