|Publisher: Bandai Namco|
|Producer: Katsuhiro Harada|
|Platform: Arcade, Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC (Steam)|
|Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer, online|
|System: Unreal Engine 4|
Tekken 7 (鉄拳7?) is the latest installment in Tekken series, is a fighting game developed and published by Namco. It will be run on Unreal Engine 4. The game also marks the 20th anniversary of the Tekken series.
While nothing much has been revealed, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada said that the game will serve as the last chapter of the Mishima clan saga. It will apparently answer why Heihachi is trying to kill his grandson Jin, why Heihachi threw his son Kazuya off a cliff when he was a child and the origins of the Devil Gene, among other Tekken mysteries. Katsuhiro Harada also said that the game's story will be much darker than ever before.
Tekken 7 was first announced by Tekken director, Katsuhiro Harada on July 13, 2014 during EVO 2014. He first revealed the trailer, and unveiled a new logo for the series. All started when Harada found out the title was leaked online. The game wasn't planned to be announced due to the leak, so he had no choice but to announce it. Along with the confirmed development of Tekken X Street Fighter, an extended launch trailer, character design details, and other info regarding the game was revealed at their San Diego Comic-Con fighting panel on July 25th, 2014.
Tekken 7 makes use of the Unreal Engine 4 game engine which will allow the game to be developed for multiple platforms. Bandai Namco was unable to show the gameplay system at the SDCC at the time due to it still being worked for. It was stated by Harada that the arcade release of Tekken 7 would have network features very similar to Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
There are several guest artists who have designed the character designs. Said artists include Mari Shimazaki (Bayonetta), Yusuke Kozaki (Fire Emblem Awakening, No More Heroes), Ninnin (Duel Masters, Cardfight!!, Vanguard) and Kenichiro Yoshimura (Max Anarchy/Anarchy Reigns). Also, Shinji Aramaki is directing the intro for Tekken 7. The game also focus on one-on-one battles again like previous numbered installments, not team-based as in the Tekken Tag Tournament series.
Akitaka Tohyama returned to compose the soundtrack.
The 2014 EVO trailer revealed a female figure, later confirmed to be the game's antagonist Kazumi Mishima, speaking with a unknown character. In the first trailer for the update version, the unknown character who is speaking to Kazumi is revealed to be none other than Street Fighter's Akuma who will become the guest character for this game.
In October 2014, newcomers Katarina Alves and Claudio Serafino were playable at the location test. Some time after, Lars Alexandersson's return was confirmed, he has received a redesign by Ninnin.
During August 2014, Harada asked fans to give feedback regarding newcomer Shaheen, whose concept-art was revealed on August 8. The character was unnamed and not finalized at the time, as to prevent offense to the ArabIan community, most likely due to an incident regarding the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 stage, Modern Oasis.
On February 7th, 2015, Harada confirmed more new characters beyond the four already announced are to be revealed, with no specified date given. On March 19th 2015, in-game character models images of Jin Kazama, Devil Jin and two newcomers, Josie Rizal, a female Filipino fighter and a large red behemoth creature named Gigas, were revealed. By the time they were leaked, Harada neither debunked nor confirmed the images. Prior to his playable debut before the time release update, Jin Kazama was already confirmed as a secret sub-boss in the arcade mode, replacing Heihachi under some conditions.
The combo system in Tekken 7 retains some of the aspects of Tekken Revolution, in which it is no longer possible to bound a character during a combo. However, the bound state still exists, but "a lot of moves that use to bound are being taken out". In order to compensate the lack of bounds, many moves were given new combo dynamics in order to extend combos. Low parries will still cause a bound effect as they do in Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion.
An example would be Hwoarang's "Backlash" having the same properties in a combo as it would on a regular hit, in which it would cause the opponent to slump to the ground. This new feature, has been dubbed by Japanese players as "Kirimomi" (translated as "Aerial Tailspin"), and, like bound had been in Tekken 6 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, can only be done once during a combo.
Additionally, there are other new positions that characters may be left at. One such position shows a character raising their back in pain, similar to the K.O animation.
A new move property introduced to replace bounds, screw moves are the new staple for many combos, as the screw property makes the player spin and land in a very vulnerable slump-like state where extra combos and damage are guaranteed; may also be referred to as kirimomi or tailspin.
One of the new features is the introduction of a new type of move called Power Crush. These moves absorb damage from a mid or a high attack, and it still continues despite taking damage.
Rage Arts alter the performance of a single move of a character during Rage Mode. A Rage Art perform an attack animation akin to the Ultra Moves from the Street Fighter series, Critical Edge from Soul Calibur V, and Power Blow from Dead or Alive 5. A significant note is that when a Rage Art is performed, the character will immediately lose their rage. These arts can also be done during a combo.
In Fated Retribution update, if the characters takes more damage from the opponents' attacks while in Rage Mode, the Rage Arts' damage becoming increase.
Introduced in Fated Retribution updated, Rage Attack allows the player to empower certain attacks by sacrificing their Rage Mode. Rage Art is also adjusted so that the amount of damage dealt to the enemy is inversely proportional to the player's current health bar. However, a character-specific feature for the Street Fighter guest character Akuma is an EX/Super meter, which serves as a limiter for some of his special moves, in place of Rage Attack.
Item moves will be returning for Tekken 7, an interesting note is that Asuka, King and Xiaoyu retain the same item moves as they had in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. It is unknown if the returning characters from TTT2 will keep their in-game item move.
Like in TTT2, stage effects also return, including the "balcony break" introduced in Tag 2. Floor and balcony breaks now cause an effect similar to a Tag Assault in Tag 2 where the opponent is flung up instead of into a bound state. Wall breaks have not been affected. Only one stage, Forgotten Realm, in Tekken 7 has floor breaks and, for the first time, has several within the same stage (in the location tests only three floors were shown but in the final release a fourth, underground floor was added for three floor breaks in the same stage).
Tekken 7 changes certain movement mechanics, such as back walking (which now works as it does in Tekken Revolution with the characters taking longer strides when walking backwards as opposed to shuffling). Back rolls from a grounded state have been removed in favor of a new wakeup animation where the opponent gets off the floor while moving back. Ankle kicks are accompanied by a new back roll animation that creates separation after executing one.
New camera effects have been added such as dynamic slowdown on trade and certain high-impact hits and a slow-motion effect that occurs on when both characters attack at the same time and one or both characters will be knocked out by the next hit. For networked matches, players can now specify if they want to be on the left or right side at all times, regardless if they are coming in as player one or two in the match itself and the camera will change to reflect that. The music now shifts when one character is one point away from victory and sometimes the stage will change on the last point of a match as well (such as a storm falling over Dragon's Nest). One stage, Devil's Pit, will also change entirely (going from walled to infinite) when one character nears victory, similar to how certain stages in SoulCalibur V function.
|Returning characters||First appearance|
|Alisa Bosconovitch||Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion|
|Asuka Kazama||Tekken 5|
|Bob (only in Fated Retribution and home version)||Tekken 6|
|Bryan Fury||Tekken 3|
|Devil Jin||Tekken 3 (NPC)|
Tekken 5 (Playable Debut)
|Feng Wei||Tekken 5|
|Heihachi Mishima (Sub-boss)||Tekken|
|Jin Kazama (originally Hidden sub-boss, replaces Heihachi under some conditions in original arcade version)||Tekken 3|
|Kazuya Mishima > Devil Kazuya (in-battle transformation through some Rage Moves)||Tekken|
|King II||Tekken 3|
|Lars Alexandersson||Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion|
|Lee Chaolan / Violet (only in Fated Retribution and home version)||Tekken (Lee)|
Tekken 4 (Violet)
|Leo Kliesen||Tekken 6|
|Lili||Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection|
|Ling Xiaoyu||Tekken 3|
|Miguel Caballero Rojo (only in Fated Retribution and home version)||Tekken 6|
|Nina Williams (only in Fated Retribution and home version)||Tekken|
|Sergei Dragunov||Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection|
|Steve Fox||Tekken 4|
|Akuma (guest character from Street Fighter) (only in Fated Retribution and home version)|
|Kazumi Mishima (Final Boss Round 1)|
|Devil Kazumi (Final boss post-Round 1, non-playable in arcade version)|
|Devil's Pit||Walled / Infinite*|
|Forgotten Realm||Walled / Floor Breakable|
|Jungle Outpost||Walled / Balcony Breakable / Wall Breakable|
|Twilight Conflict||Walled / Balcony Breakable|
(Consoles & PC)
(Consoles & PC)
(Consoles & PC)
|Walled / Balcony Breakable|
* Transition is automatic when one character reaches their match point.
- This is the first Tekken game where Kazumi Mishima makes her canonical debut. Before Tekken 7, the character was alluded twice.
- The first time was in Heihachi's Tekken 2 stage, in which their names ("Heihachi and Kazumi") are written on the floorboard (which was also shown in the very first trailer of Tekken 7).
- The second time was in the non-canon OVA film Tekken: The Motion Picture, where she was shown in a picture and was just referred as "Kazuya's Mother" at the time.
- Confirmed returning fighters who have been given new or modified main outfits are so far Hwoarang, Jin, Kazuya, King II, Lars, Marshall, Jack and mostly, Yoshimitsu.
- In the latest updates (Fated Retribution and console version), Hwoarang has been given a newer outfit, while King II has been given an additional update on his original Tekken 7 arcade costume (a cape). The others are also given new main outfits are, Asuka, Lili, Leo, Dragunov, Bryan, Alisa, Xiaoyu, Feng, Steve, Devil Jin, Paul, Heihachi, Nina, Bob, Lee and his alter-ego, Violet.
- This is the 2nd game to feature a guest character with Tekken 3 being the 1st.
The Tekken 7 & Tekken 7: FR score is composed by these producers:
AJURIKA, Rio Hamamoto, Taku Inoue, Keiichi Okabe, Nobuyoshi Sano (sanodg), BatAAr.
1st Disc Tracks:
AJURIKA – Heat Haze Shadow
Taku Inoue – Fight Night
Rio Hamamoto – Dojo 1st
Rio Hamamoto – Dojo 2nd
Taku Inoue – Ruin 65 1st
Taku Inoue – Ruin 65 2nd
AJURIKA – Equator line 1st
AJURIKA – Equator line 2nd
Keiichi Okabe – Arctic snowfall 1st
Keiichi Okabe – Arctic snowfall 2nd
Nobuyoshi Sano (sanodg) – the day before the glass matrix 1st
Nobuyoshi Sano (sanodg) – the day before the glass matrix 2nd
2nd Disc Tracks:
AJURIKA – Empty Your Mind 1st
AJURIKA – Empty Your Mind 2nd
AJURIKA – A Grain of Sand 1st
AJURIKA – A Grain of Sand 2nd
Rio Hamamoto – Volcano 1st
Rio Hamamoto – Volcano 2nd
Rio Hamamoto – Kazumi's Theme
Rio Hamamoto – Devil Kazumi Theme
BatAAr – VREDE
AJURIKA – Dream Chest
Taku Inoue – Continue!
Taku Inoue – Gameover
Taku Inoue – The Long Goodbye
- ^ EventHubs - "Tekken 7 info leaked ahead of Harada's EVO Sunday announcement; will be powered by Unreal Engine 4"
- ^ http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/25/5937563/tekken-7-details-namco-bandai-harada-comic-con
- ^ https://twitter.com/Harada_TEKKEN/status/552368555367612416
- ^ Tekken 7 Announced Trailer
- ^ Leaked Tekken 7 Announcement
- ^ Evo 2014 Harada Announcement and Tekken 7 Reveal Trailer
- ^ http://www.avoidingthepuddle.com/news/2014/9/14/tekken-7-location-test-announced-will-be-held-in-japanese-na.html
- ^ http://www.avoidingthepuddle.com/news/2014/9/20/new-female-character-revealed-for-tekken-7.html
- ^ http://attackofthefanboy.com/news/akitaka-tohyama-returns-tekken-7-compose-music/
- ^ http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/25/5937563/tekken-7-details-namco-bandai-harada-comic-con
- ^ https://twitter.com/Harada_TEKKEN/status/564104779937222657
- ^ http://www.gamerevolution.com/news/leaked-images-of-tekken-7-characters-reveal-devil-jin-and-banejack-31853
- ^ http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nj4ap8
- ^ http://www.avoidingthepuddle.com/news/2015/3/26/jin-kazama-discovered-as-a-secret-sub-boss-character-in-tekk.html
- ^ https://twitter.com/Flying_Wonkey/status/517853678024142848
- Official site (Japanese)
- Wikipedia article
- Article at Tekkenpedia
- Consoles Official website (Japanese)
|Series · Characters · Stages|
|Main series||Tekken · Tekken 2 · Tekken 3 · Tekken 4 · Tekken 5 (DR) · Tekken 6 (BR) · Tekken 7 (FR)|
|Tag series||Tekken Tag Tournament · Tekken Tag Tournament 2|
|X series||Namco X Capcom · Street Fighter X Tekken · Project X Zone (2) · Tekken X Street Fighter|
|Other games||Tekken Card Challenge · Tekken Advance · Tekken Resolute · Death by Degrees · Tekken Hybrid · Tekken 3D: Prime Edition · Tekken Arena · Tekken Card Tournament · Tekken Revolution|
|Crossovers||Pac-Man Fever · Point Blank 3 · Pokkén Tournament · Smash Court Tennis · Smash Court Tennis 2 · Urban Reign · Full Bokko Heroes X|
|Films||Tekken: The Motion Picture · Tekken (2010 Film) · Tekken: Reload · Tekken: Blood Vengeance · Tekken: Kazuya's Revenge|
|Comics||Tekken (ASPECT Comics) · Tekken 2: Mishima Family Values · Tekken 3 (Comic) · Tekken Forever · Tekken Saga · Tekken: Tatakai no Kanatani · Online Tekken Comic|
|Novels|| Tekken: the dark history of mishima