Bandai Namco reveals that the home and console release date of Tekken 7 will be coming imminently, with the news of the fighting game’s release coming next week.

Ever since Tekken 7 was announced during EVO 2014, fans of fighting games have been waiting expectantly for news on when a home release of the game would be on the cards. After all, it’s been a long time since the franchise’s players have had a new game from the series. Thankfully, the wait is now almost over, with Bandai Namco confirming that the game’s release date will be made available next week.

Taking to the official Tekken Twitter account, the publisher confirmed that the release date for Tekken 7 will be coming next week. “To all Tekken fans and beyond: look forward to the release date announcement of Tekken 7 next week,” read the update. “Stay tuned!”

More information beyond that was not revealed, perhaps understandably, with the Tekken Twitter remaining suitably coy to any further queries. Asked when the announcement would take place, the response was “either Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday,” while further responses for a guide to the release time resulted in requests to wait until next week.

To all Tekken fans and beyond: look forward to the release date announcement of Tekken 7 next week. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/pTeI6FTHyG— TEKKEN 7 (@TEKKEN) January 18, 2017

Exactly what this release date proves to be remains to be seen. Based on previous information, there have been suggestions that the game could launch on Xbox One as soon as early 2017 – at least according to Bandai Namco. Of course, a lot has changed since then, but a release sooner rather than later would no doubt be a major positive for fans of the franchise.

So far, Tekken 7 is building up to be a compelling home gaming experience. As well as a host of returning fighters, such as series staples such as Nina Williams, there are also plenty of new faces, such as Shaheen and even Akuma from the Street Fighter franchise. With such a wide range of fighters available, fans will be chomping at the bit to get involved.

As well as a rather intimidating roster of combatants, Tekken 7 also looks likely to include plenty of game content too, with the game’s most recent trailer pushing the game’s Story Mode and all of the tantalizing gameplay found within. With many fighting fans left disappointed with Street Fighter 5, and the Capcom title’s sales now plummeting, now is certainly a good time for the Tekken series to make a triumphant return to the fold, and offer up the same kind of addictive gameplay that has been keeping gamers occupied for years.

The release date for Tekken 7 will be revealed next week.

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