Tekken 7 was one of the biggest games announced during PlayStation’s event at Paris Games Week, welcomed by cheers from the crowd. The game is set to be the last in the series, 20 years after the original Tekken was ported to the PlayStation, and is said to include the conclusion of the Mishima clan saga, with the Bandai Namco Community manager noting that it’ll be “dark”. Here, we discuss what to expect from the upcoming Tekken 7, along with UK release date rumours, pre-order availability and official trailers. See also: Most anticipated games of 2016/2017
Tekken 7 release date: When will Tekken 7 be released?
The next question we need to address is “when will Tekken 7 be released?”. We thought it would be in 2016, but Bandai Namco announced at E3 2016 that it would be out on Xbox One in "early 2017". After the Microsoft E3 presentation the developer also said Tekken 7 will be coming to PC via Steam.It's not yet confirmed if it will be an Xbox Play Anywhere game.
Tekken 7 will also be coming to the PS4, but there's no release date for that yet, nor whether players will be able to fight across different platforms.
At the game's announcement in Paris, the audience was told to expect a 2016 launch, but this may have applied only to the arcade version of Tekken 7: Fated Retribution which had a limited release in arades in Japan in February 2016. An updated version is expected to launch on 5 July in Japan.
Tekken 7 pre-order and platforms: Where and when can I pre-order Tekken 7?
So, which platforms will you be able to play the upcoming Tekken 7 on? Though it was announced during the PlayStation event at Paris Games Week to be coming to the PS4, it is not a PS4 exclusive. The game is likely to launch on Xbox One and PC first, in "early 2017". With regards to availability and pre-ordering your copy of Tekken 7, you can do so via Amazon, Game and other retailers.
You can pre-order Tekken from Amazon: it costs £39.99 on PC, £54.99 on PS4 and £64.99 on Xbox One, although the Xbone download code is £54.99.
Tekken 7 gameplay: What to expect from Tekken 7
So, what can we expect to see in Tekken 7? The graphics are being praised by those that have seen the announcement trailer, as Tekken 7 is being created using the Unreal Engine 4, which should help to produce both highly detailed characters and dynamic, reactive environments. In fact, the Unreal Engine 4 is also the engine used to developing VR games, and it has been confirmed that the upcoming Tekken 7 will also be available for PlayStation VR.
According to Gaëtan Gireme, Bandai Namco Community manager, we can expect to see new fighters alongside those that fans of the series have grown to know and love over its 20-year history. "In addition to the great graphics, as demonstrated in this awesome announcement trailer, many new characters will join the fight," he said. One of the new additions to Tekken 7 is Kazumi Mishima, who is apparently the wife of Heichachi Mishima, and Kazuya’s mother.
Both Akuma and Nina Williams have been announced as additions to the arcade version of Tekken 7, Fated Retribution. We've added a couple of Fated Retribution trailers to the bottom of this article.
That’s about as much as we know at the moment but make sure you check back soon, as the company has said that other characters and details regarding Tekken 7 are set to be announced over the coming months.
See also: Best PS4 games of 2016
Tekken 7 trailers