Tekken 7 already surprised a lot of fans when Street Fighter‘s juggernaut Akuma was on its roster. This already opened doors to questions on the title’s connection to other franchises. However, it seems more fighters are coming via downloadable content (DLC).
The Tekken franchise revolutionized fighting games during its release. Its first title marked the arrival of polygonal characters in the genre. Tekken 7 retains much of the beloved elements of its predecessors. These include destructible environments and a side-stepping option. This effectively differentiated Tekken from other stars in the category like Street Fighter and King of Fighters.
However, Tekken 7 also marks the end of the so-called Devil Gene chapter of the series’ story. Bandai Namco did not reveal much about the future of the game’s plot. Regardless, it’s interesting to see that Akuma actually has an important role to play in capping the tragic family tale.
Tekken 7: More DLC Characters Incoming
The news came courtesy of a Bandai Namco press release. Game Rant reports that Akuma will not be the only non-Tekken fighter to join the game’s roster. It adds that there will be in fact two “guest” characters to arrive in the title.
Sadly, the company did not reveal who these fighters are. However, the DLC will not just include the two characters. It appears players will also have access to new costumes and a new unannounced game mode if they purchase these updates.
Interestingly, Bandai Namco did reveal release windows for the two DLCs. According to IGN, the first will arrive in Winter 2017, and the second will make its appearance in Spring 2018. Fans have the option of buying these as individual packets, or as a bundle with the Season Pass. This is a good prospect, as players with Season Passes also get access to metallic costumes.
The main Tekken story revolves around Kazuya Mishima’s quest for vengeance against his father, Heihachi. His father threw him inside a volcano, a feat Kazuya survived. The first Tekken games revolved around Kazuya unlocking a secret power due to his rage called the Devil Gene. This gave him access to a devastatingly powerful “Devil” form.
Kazuya eventually married Jun Kazama and sired Jin Kazama, the series’ other protagonist. He eventually gains access to the Devil Gene as well, becoming the well-known Devil Jin. More than 30 new characters made their way to the franchise’s roster, but all of their stories seemed to revolve around the Mishima-Kazama family conflict.
This particular installment puts a stop to the onslaught of the Devil Gene by exploring its origins. It appears it all started with Kazumi Mishima, the wife of Heihachi. She is also a playable character in the game, and most possibly a boss. She explains that Heihachi must be “killed” to save the bloodline. This task will be executed by none other than Akuma, the Street Fighter behemoth in the quest for ultimate power.
However, some fans wonder about the true implications of Akuma to the series’ story. After all, Akuma now has direct involvement with the plot. This means there are chances that Street Fighter may be connected to the Tekken universe. Unfortunately, Bandai Namco did not elaborate on this yet.
The fighting game genre is no stranger to the concept of a “shared’ universe. The King of Fighters series from Capcom rival SNK actually featured all of its characters from different titles. Other crossover games such as Marvel vs. Capcom and Capcom vs. SNK also exists. In fact, Street Fighter x Tekken last 2012 marked the first “crossover” between the Tekken and Street Fighter universe. However, the ‘story” of the game remained within its own title.
Regardless, only fans who played through the new Tekken‘s story can find out more connections for sure. It was already released in Japanese arcades last 2015 and 2016. However, its Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version will have its story mode. These versions will be released on June 2, 2017.