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All Articles: Tekken 7
People often joke about the ridiculousness of some of the characters that Capcom and NetherRealm have trotted out for Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat over the years. But neither franchise can compete with Bandai Namco’s Tekken, especially since the developer recently confirmed that Kuma and Panda will be included in the upcoming Tekken 7.
In Tekken lore, Kuma is the super-intelligent ursine bodyguard of Heihachi Mishima, the franchise’s big bad. Meanwhile, Panda serves the same role for Ling Xiaoyu, Mishima’s adopted granddaughter.
Tekken 7 will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in the first few months of 2017. You can get your first look at Kuma and Panda in the trailer embedded above.
Bandai Namco has announced that they’ll have three games available for attendees of this year’s Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. As you might have guessed, the publisher will be showing off Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (which will be available this October) and Tekken 7 (which is scheduled for an Early 2017 release), but they also plan to unveil “a new [intellectual property] for a western audience.”
What could it be? We’ll have to wait for Gamescom to kick off this August to know for sure, but for now, here’s what Bandai Namco had to say about Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and Tekken 7:
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 lets players dive into the largest and most detailed Dragon Ball world in any videogame of the franchise so far. They have the chance to meet the anime series’ popular characters and become part of the story. On-site, visitors can show off their battle prowess in thrilling fights and explore the huge new hub city!
In Tekken 7 fans will become witness to the epic climax of the Mishima feud and participate in fierce duels with their friends and rivals. The legendary fighting game series will return for its decisive battle in early 2017. Visitors can join the fight and experience the best looking Tekken game ever beforehand at Gamescom!
Bandai Namco will set up shop at Gamescom this year in Booth B20 in Hall 8.
Last year, Bandai Namco confirmed that Tekken 7 would be released for the PS4 and “other home consoles” in the near future. Today, the publisher has made it official and revealed the fighting game will make its debut on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in Early 2017.
Developed under the supervision of Franchise Director Katsuhiro Harada, Tekken 7 will be powered by Unreal Engine 4 and feature a bevy of new characters such as Kazumi Mishima, Claudio, Josie, Shaheen, Katarina, Lucky Chloe, Gigas, and Street Fighter‘s Akuma. The home version of Tekken 7 will also include a Story Mode not found in the arcade edition.
“We’re excited to bring one of the most celebrated and hardcore competitive fighting games to the Xbox One and PC gaming audiences.” said Eric Hartness, the Vice President of Marketing at Bandai Namco Entertainment America. “Tekken 7 is poised to heat up the eSports scene and taking it to Xbox One and PC audiences will further expand the pool of talented competitive tournament players nationwide. With Tekken 7 we’re focused on electrifying the competitive fighting game tournament circuit with the hardest hitting Tekken game yet.”
To celebrate Tekken 7’s announcement, Bandai Namco will offer a free download of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers from now until Tuesday, June 21, at 6:00 AM (Eastern Time). Tekken Tag 2 was originally released for the Xbox 360, but it is also playable on the Xbox One thanks to the console’s backwards compatibility features.
After being available in arcades since early this year, Bandai Namco has finally announced that Tekken 7 will soon be available for “home consoles.” Sony later followed up their announcement with confirmation (via the PlayStation Blog) that the game’s first destination will be the PS4.
Tekken 7 will use Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 and it’ll include “numerous modes and enhancements beyond its arcade counterpart.” The 1v1 fighting game also promises to reveal the fate of the Mishima clan and serve as a conclusion to the franchise’s sprawling storyline:
Tekken 7 is currently in development at Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.’s Tokyo, Japan studio under the leadership of franchise director, Katsuhiro Harada. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, Tekken 7 sets a new standard in graphics quality for the series, featuring highly detailed characters and dynamic environments. In its first appearance on home systems, Tekken 7 will feature numerous modes and enhancements beyond its arcade counterpart, including an in-depth story mode that lets players fully experience the canon storyline. Players will also be able to check out new fighters Kazumi Mishima, Claudio, Josie, Shaheen, Katarina, Lucky Chloe, Gigas, and more for the first time outside of the arcade.
As exciting as this news is for PS4 fans, we don’t yet know what other “home consoles” Tekken 7 is in development for. The Xbox One is always a possibility in situations like this, as is Nintendo’s NX, which could be released as early as next Summer. Bandai Namco didn’t announce a release date for Tekken 7’s PS4 debut, but hopefully we’ll learn more about it soon.
I like to think that whoever was in charge of designing a final boss for Tekken was a Seinfeld fan. I mean, the resemblance between antagonist Heihachi Mishima and Uncle Leo can’t be a coincidence, right? It makes as much sense as anything in a series that’s brimming with corporate intrigue, demonic possession, and hyper-intelligent bears.
More recently, Bandai Namco has released the opening cinematic from Tekken 7, and Uncle Leo’s doppelganger, Heihachi Mishima, is back for more. Battling his son, Kazuya Mishima, atop an erupting volcano, things don’t go well for Heihachi. If only Cousin Jeffrey were there to help him…
Tekken 7 will be available in Japanese arcades next week, and presumably a PS4 and Xbox One port will follow.
Bandai Namco is planning a limited location test for Tekken 7 later this month and they’ve decided to celebrate by releasing the arcade fighter’s first gameplay trailer. Unfortunately, the tests will only take place in Japan, and therefore, that means this trailer is entirely in Japanese.
Thankfully, the language of kicks and punches is a universal one and Tekken fans will certainly get an idea how the new game in the series works from the trailer. We even get a fleeting glimpse at two brand new characters, Claudio and Katrina.
Tekken 7 will be available to play in Japanese arcades in early 2015. It is expected to launch on home consoles across the world sometime after that, however, Bandai Namco has yet to make an official announcement concerning Tekken 7’s console release.
It’s a weekend of big announcements as Bandai Namco has used the Evo 2014 tournament to announce that Tekken 7 is in development. No platforms were announced in the visually impressive teaser trailer, but we know that the game is powered by Unreal Engine 4, so I’d expect a launch on the PS4 and Xbox One. Though an arcade release isn’t out of the question either.
That’s all we know for now, but more information will be revealed during the Bandai Namco’s San Diego Comic-Con Fighting Panel on July 25. Maybe they’ll even use their time in the spotlight to explain what happened to Tekken X Street Fighter too… probably not.