Tekken 7 continues to be one of the most popular fighting game titles in the world. The seventh installment of the conflict between the Mishima family and the King of Iron First Tournament has become one of the best selling Tekken titles of all time.
Released in arcades in 2015, and console in 2017, Tekken 7 marks the largest-ever span of time between entries in the franchise. The long-running game just released its final DLC character for Season Four, in the form of Polish leader Lidia Sobieska.
The official Tekken Twitter handle posted its accomplishment of selling over 7 million copies of the game. In addition to thanking its fans for their continued support, the account posted a commemorative illustration. The artwork includes the entire base Tekken 7 roster as well as characters from Season 4, like Lidia and Kunimitsu. The same tweet also says, "Now get ready for the next battle!" While this is the franchise's signature pre-fight slogan, some players are theorizing Bandai Namco could be hinting at a new game. As mentioned previously, Tekken 7 is roughly a six-year-old game, and with an expansive roster now boasting 53 playable characters, rumors of Season 4 being the final batch of post-launch content have begun to arise.
Several fans on Twitter are hoping for an announcement in the near future for either a "complete" next-gen port of Tekken 7 for PS5 and Xbox Series X, or perhaps even a Tekken 8. Series developer Bandai Namco did recently register a trademark for Bandai Namco Next, which many believe to be the company's own version of a digital game showcase. The publisher has remained radio silent regarding the trademark, and without a confirmation of showing up at E3, players will have to stay tuned to its social media accounts to figure out what's in store for the storied franchise.
Fighting games making the translation to a strictly online-only competitive environment has resulted in a mixed bag of gameplay experiences. Placing players in scenarios inherently dependent on solid, unproblematic netcode has shone a light on which fighting game franchise is doing its best to make online play the best it can be. Outside of online infrastructure, many of the premier fighting games are reaching the twilight of each game's lifecycle, like Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7. Others are preparing for launch like Guilty Gear Strive and King of Fighters 15. Altogether, fighting games are mostly in a good spot adapting to the quarantined competitive scene.
Organized by representatives from most of the biggest fighting game franchises of all time, the second Japan Fighting Game Publisher Roundtable brought updates for nearly every active mainstream fighting game in the genre. Not only that, but in the leadup to new releases, character unveilings and additional info continue to ramp up hype for each respective release. Arika (Fighting EX Layer), Arc System Works (Guilty Gear), SNK (King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown), Bandai Namco (Tekken), and Capcom (Street Fighter) were all part of the roundtable discussion and reveals. Here's everything announced and revealed from the Roundtable.
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