The popular fighting game will be taking huge leaps from its inception, as Tekken 7 goes from arcade to console to VR, completing its journey across most platforms.
- The first Tekken game was released in 1994, arriving to PlayStation in 1995
- Bandai Namco announced that Tekken 7 will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016
- The developer also mentioned that Tekken 7 will be arriving to PlayStation VR
During the Sony Conference for Paris Game Week, the Japanese company Bandai Namco Entertainment began with a beautiful tribute to the past six Tekken games. They have been a true pillar of arcade gaming, lifting themselves up to stand with other famous fighting franchises, such as ‘Mortal Kombat’, ‘Street Fighter’, or ‘Soul Calibur’.
It’s been a long journey, across many years. The Tekken series is now celebrating its 20th anniversary, with the first game having arrived back in 1995 on PlayStation. The company displayed a trailer depicting two decades worth of games. They entertained gamers with a varied cast of characters, different fighting styles, and an excellent amount of combos to keep the game interesting.
However, the homage might’ve just indicated the end of the line. Tekken 7 is rumored to be the last an final installment of the series, ending the story that has been centered around the Mishima clan. It promises answers, closure, and more fighting to come. And, all that will be jumping from arcade to console.
According to executive producer of the Tekken series, Katsuhiro Harada, fans of the franchise can expect a “dramatic and over the top progression to the canon storyline”, once the game hits PlayStation 4. It will taking a leap from the Namco System arcade, to the next-generation console at some point in 2016.
For once, though, Tekken 7 will also become available on Microsoft’s Xbox One, turning it into a multiplatform game. It has not yet been confirmed if it will be released for the PC, or if gamers will be able to match up online in between the two consoles. Regardless, an epic conclusion to the series is expected from the game that has already been released on arcade and received praises.
Furthermore, Sony has surprisingly announced that Tekken 7 will be released on the virtual reality platform that will be PlayStation VR (formerly Project Morpheus). This will certainly be interesting to see the developer incorporate a fighting game into a headset and with a 360 degree view. Unless they plan a first-person sort of outlook, which could be both exciting and a bit confusing.
It might be difficult to keep track of the game when the opponent is pummeling you.
Among other titles announced for PlayStation VR, Sony included ‘Robinson: The Journey’, ‘RIGS’, ‘Until Dawn: Rush of Blood’, and ‘Gran Turismo Sport’.
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