Release Date: 2nd June 2017
Platforms: PC, PS4, and Xbox One
Developer: Bandi Namco Studios
Publisher: Bandi Namco Entertainment
Tekken it home!
The return of form for the arcade great Tekken is returning to our home screens in the summer of this year, Unlike many games in the fighting genre nowadays Tekken has taken a backseat when it comes to hitting the console market with its focus being primarily with arcades, especially in homeland Japan.
So why after two years has Namco finally decided to push the game to the console markets? Well, the main factor was due to developmental changes with the console having an upgrade in terms of gaming engine with the implementation of the Unreal Engine 4, this leads to a learning curve and game overhaul which was much needed for the arcade game to succeed in the global console market.
What to Expect
The game will be shipped with many different editions to choose from multiple platforms here’s just a sample of what to expect to come!
The Tekken 7 Collector’s Edition (available for PlayStation 4 & Xbox One) collectors and hardcore Tekken fans will be pleased to learn that there will be a Tekken 7 Collector’s Edition containing a spectacular statue measuring approximately 12” tall by 18” wide that features a dynamic pose with Kazuya fly kicking Heihachi in mid-air, a special Steel Book, and the official Tekken 7 soundtrack.
A Tekken 7 Season Pass (available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, £22) will grant players access to three content packs aimed to extend the Tekken 7 experience and will include new playable characters, new stages, a new game mode, costume packs, and a bonus 35-piece Metallic Costume Pack. *Each DLC pack contained within the Tekken 7 Season Pass may also be purchased separately.
Tekken 7 Pre-order Bonus (available today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam) will feature DLC access to Eliza*, the famed vampire character that made her Tekken debut in Tekken Revolution. Xbox One players will be treated to an added bonus of receiving a free copy of Tekken 6 that takes advantage of the backwards compatible capabilities of the Xbox One platform.
A special Digital Xbox One Pre-order Pack (available on the Xbox Store beginning of January 31, 2017) will include DLC access to Eliza and a free copy of Tekken 6 that takes advantage of the backwards compatible capabilities of the Xbox One platform.
The Tekken 7 Digital Deluxe Edition (available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam) will include Tekken 7 and the Season Pass.
Finally, the PlayStation 4 version of Tekken 7 will contain exclusive content: legacy costumes from Tekken 4 and Tekken 2 for King, Xiaoyu, and Jin as well as a Jukebox Mode where fans can listen to classic Tekken music tracks and even create playlists of Tekken music to listen to while they play. Supports PS VR.
One final Note
Due to the game being expected as an early release for this year by many of its fans, The project leader addresses its mid-year release after facing fears that it could receive harsh criticism if the game didn’t launch as fully as its players expected and due to this, the below statement was released.
“We were trying our best to get the game out at that time, to get it into the hands of users as early as possible,” said project leader Katsuhiro Harada told GameSpot during a press event in Tokyo last week. “We saw some titles–some from our own company and some from others–which didn’t have a very good launch because of a lack of content, or whatever it was, that caused players to bash the product.” Harada and team wanted to avoid a similar fate, deciding to continue forward with its original content plan, “even if that meant the game would come a little later.”
According to Harada, the decision wasn’t an easy one. “Although this is the first time we’ve actually announced a date, it wasn’t always June. It came through a process and we made some hard decisions and that was the result.” Apologetically, he added “‘early’ was probably March or April from your average person’s perspective, so we’re not going to try and sugar-coat it. We realise it’s not ‘early,’ I’m so sorry!”