Bandai Namco releases a new trailer for the upcoming fighting game Tekken 7, revealing that Tekken 6's Miguel Caballero Rojo is joining the roster of fighters.
The last time we heard any news about the upcoming console versions of the Japanese arcade hit Tekken 7 was about four months ago, when Bandai Namco announced an Xbox One port. Radio silence on Tekken 7 has now been broken, as Miguel Caballero Rojo, a character originally introduced in Tekken 6, has been confirmed for the game's growing roster in an action-packed new trailer.
In the trailer, players are given a glimpse of Miguel's tragic backstory. His sister was murdered at her wedding in an airstrike called by the Mishima clan, and so Miguel is on a personal quest for revenge. According to Bandai Namco, Miguel's story of vengeance and redemption tie directly into the general theme of the Tekken series, which makes him an ideal addition to the Tekken 7 roster of playable fighters. Considering the fact that the updated arcade version is subtitled Fated Retribution, it's hard to argue with that logic.
Even though Miguel is enraged by the loss of his sister, that doesn't mean he doesn't take time to enjoy life as well. On the contrary, a lighter side of his personality can be seen in his announcement trailer, with Miguel mocking his opponents with clever quips and taunting them by casually eating an apple right before a fight.
Since Miguel was just introduced to the franchise in Tekken 6, he must have proved popular enough for Bandai Namco to justify bringing him back for the next installment in the long-running fighting game series. In Tekken 7, he is joined by many other returning fighters, including series mainstay Nina Williams, as well as some newcomers, such as the Saudi Arabian Shaheen, and even Street Fighter's Akuma.
With a few months to go until the game's release, it's probable that Miguel will be joined by some other returning and new fighters as well. In regards to the new fighters, it will be interesting to see if some of the backlash aimed at characters like Lucky Chloe – who was heavily criticized for her sexualized appearance after being announced for the game two years ago – will influence the character design of other new characters that may be in store for the upcoming fighting game.
While fans wait for news on more new and returning characters for Tekken 7, hopefully Miguel's reveal trailer tides them over. In the meantime, it would be nice if Bandai Namco offered fans updates on the game on a more frequent basis to help keep them in the loop better, and Tekken 7 fresh in their minds.
Tekken 7 will be available in early 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.