An all new Tekken 7 gameplay trailer has been released showcasing a fight between franchise mainstay Lee and newcomer Kazumi. It's an unfortunately one-sided fight, but still results in three rounds of heated action. The trailer also provides a great opportunity to showcase the new Rage Art feature, unique finishing moves for each character. While Kazumi's Rage art unfortunately whiffs, an emotional event familiar to all Street Fighter 5 players, Lee capitalizes on the opportunity and it turns out rather rosy.
Tekken 7's roster is made up of an impressive 38 fighters, though that number includes palette swaps. Eight of those characters are brand new to the Tekken franchise. Kazumi Mishima is as her last name implies the wife of Heihachi and mother of Kazuya. In the original arcade release of Tekken 7, which has been playable in Japan since 2015, Kazumi was the boss. Since then the roster has expanded considerably and Kazumi's joined the roster as a standard fighter. She even has a palette-swapped Devil version of herself.
Lee, meanwhile, is one of the oldest and most familiar characters on the Tekken 7 roster. He's starred in every major Tekken title since the very first game, with the exception of Tekken 3. Lee learned to fight on the streets after his parents died, but his fighting form has clearly been shaped more by his years as the adopted son of Heihachi, as intimated in the seventh installment's story trailer. It's an intriguing set-up to see Lee fighting his own mother, but since Kazumi's relatively new to the franchise there's little detail regarding their relationship available.
As previously mentioned, Kazumi's Rage Art is unfortunately evaded by Lee in the third and final round of the trailer. However, Lee responds by activating his own Rage Art and it's as exciting as one would expect. After a well-timed side-step, Lee's Rage Art starts with a punch and a barrage of kicks. The finishing touch involves Lee's iconic rose, which is thrown like a dagger into Kazumi's forehead. The rose then explodes, or it might just be a symbolic explosion representing the shame of being finished by a thrown flower.
This isn't the first Tekken 7 trailer to feature various match-ups of interest. The Bandai Namco YouTube account for Europe has dropped several others which may be of interest to Tekken fans. There's a Josie vs. Panda match-up, Heihachi vs. King is old-school, and Jin vs. Xiaoyu are both old Tekken favorites as well. There's really no better way to see just what kind of quality a fighting game will feature than seeing head-to-head match-ups.
Tekken 7 is scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC starting June 2.