Katsuhiro Harada Unofficially Confirms Tekken 7 In 2014
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Namco Bandai is taking the Tekken franchise into the free-to-play arena with the release of Tekken Revolution, which was released exclusively on the PlayStation 3 today—but that’s not what’s interesting.
What’s interesting is the fact that the publisher appears to actually be developing a new, AAA Tekken title, and that game’s prospects may hinge upon the popularity of the free-to-play game.
During a roundtable look at Tekken Revolution presided over by Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada at E3, Harada appeared to come as close as he could to confirming a new AAA Tekken game without outright revealing it. In response to a question about whether Tekken Revolution was being designed for the specific purpose of drawing gamers back to the franchise, speaking through a translator, Harada stated, “That’s exactly what we’re hoping to do.”
He went on to suggest in oblique terms that Tekken Revolution is being designed specifically to whet gamers’ appetites for the real thing. “I haven’t said this to any other journalists, but the 20th anniversary is next year,” he said.
Of course, we’ve been down this road before. Harada previously confirmed Tekken 7 back in 2010, but then that game just kind of didn’t happen. Perhaps the 20th anniversary is the kick Namco Bandai needs to actually get it out. If it comes to pass, this will mark the first true Tekken standalone title since 2007 (Tekken 6 was released in arcades that year, and ported to consoles in 2009.). A nation in desperate need of jiggle fighting awaits more information with baited breath.
As a part of our on-going coverage of E3, we will have a fuller look at Tekken Revolution, and Namco Bandai’s other offerings.