Bandai Namco confirms that Tekken 7 will be released on Xbox One in early 2017, also announcing that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is available for free on the console.
Having only been confirmed for a release on PlayStation 4, many had assumed that Tekken 7 would be a console exclusive for the Sony machine. While the game is currently available on arcade machines, speculation continued to grow when game director Katsuhiro Harada confirmed that the PS4 version of Tekken 7 would offer exclusive content and that the game would also support (Sony’s upcoming virtual reality headset) PlayStation VR. However, during Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference these rumors were put to rest.
During the press conference it was officially confirmed that Tekken 7 will be coming to Xbox One in early 2017. As Xbox One gamers wait patiently for the fighting game to release on their console, they can whet their appetites with Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The 2011 release is available for free to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers for the next week via the Xbox One backward compatibility feature.
Threw was also a new Tekken 7 gameplay trailer featuring a heated discussion between (Street Fighter villain) Akuma and Heihachi before the two characters begin to duke it out. Heihachi appears to be the victor in the end, but Akuma doesn’t seem intent on just taking the defeat, getting back up for another round, though sadly the trailer ends before viewers can see who wins the second battle.
The other big Tekken 7 news from the invent is that the game will feature a story mode that flows between cinematics and gameplay seamlessly. While it’s hard to judge this feature with little other information, those left disappointed by news of Street Fighter 5’s incredibly short story mode may have a better time with its fighting game rival.
Speaking of Street Fighter 5, it’s hard to imagine that (Tekken 7 developer) Bandai Namco hasn’t been playing close attention to the Capcom fighter’s problems. Street Fighter 5 missed its sales target by a wide margin as players and critics slammed the game for being ‘unfinished’ and too easy – so easy, in fact, that a baby has been able to beat the SF5 story mode. Other criticisms include a general lack of content, a lack of punishments for those who rage quit in multiplayer matches, sever issues, delayed DLC characters and more.
With those problems listed, it may seem as though it will be easy for Tekken 7 to outperform Street Fighter 5, but with fighting game fans possibly being more skeptical Bandai Namco will have to work hard to prove that it won’t make the same mistakes.
Tekken 7 will be released in early 2017 on Xbox One. The game will also be released on PS4, but a release date for the platform has yet to be announced.