Katsuhiro Harada officially announces that Tekken 7 will be coming to the PlayStation 4 at Sony’s presentation during Paris Games Week, with special features for at-home players.
Tekken 7 has been available in arcades in Japan and in select cities in the United States for a while now, but the game is finally making its way to consoles. Speaking at the Sony presentation during Paris Games Week, Namco’s Executive Producer Katsuhiro Harada explained that the title would be coming to the PlayStation 4.
In addition, the PlayStation 4 version of Tekken 7 will feature some special features for gamers that were not available on the arcade version of the title. However, Harada refrained from going into more detail as to what these bonuses might be. Tekken 7 will also be compatible with the Playstation VR, which should make for a more intense experience than a traditional fighter. Unfortunately, Harada also refrained from announcing a release date or a narrower release window for Tekken 7. Namco previously announced a release window of 2016, and with 2016 rapidly approaching, gamers can probably expect Tekken 7 during mid-to-late 2016 at the earliest.
Tekken 7 isn’t the first fighter series to get into the virtual reality craze, at least if fighter spin-offs are included. Tecmo-Koei recently announced that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will offer PlayStation VR support. However, it remains to be seen how well these games will fare on the virtual reality headset, as they typically aren’t in first-person perspective. It’s also up to Namco to create a virtual reality experience that doesn’t give their players motion sickness. Whether or not the PlayStation VR succeeds, however, will be heavily determined by how many games are compatible with it, so another title under its belt is a good thing for Sony.
Tekken 7 will probably be a success for Namco and Sony regardless of its compatibility with the PlayStation VR, but not if it ships as an incomplete game. Due to the poor response to Tekken inductee Lucky Chloe, Harada swore to remove the character from the North American release. If Namco abides, and gamers in the U.S. receive a game with at least one cut character, chances are some fans will be frustrated by the omission, regardless of whether they intended to play as Lucky Chloe or not.
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Tekken 7 is set to release sometime in 2016 for the PlayStation 4.
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