an exciting Grand Finals between KNEE & Nobi at The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2015 in Tokyo
Japan, TEKKEN producer Katsuhiro Harada announced TEKKEN 7:
Fated Retribution, the much-speculated (and now highly anticipated)
major update to TEKKEN 7 arcade! It was also revealed that the "mysterious
silhouette" seen in
the dojo with Kazumi during the TEKKEN 7 intro is not Heihachi (as
many assumed), but... Akuma. Yes, Akuma from Street Fighter.
Not only will Akuma be playable, but he will
have a key role in TEKKEN 7's storyline. Turns out, Kazumi
was talking to Akuma in the original TEKKEN 7 trailers & intro... all this
time. The new trailer shows that Akuma promised Kazumi that he would kill Heihachi
and Kazuya if she dies. (Yeah, this is real life). Amazing. Hype.
We'll learn further details about the storyline later on. [UPDATE
Key artwork, Akuma render and screens added! New screenshots confirm brand
new default costumes and fight intro animations for several returning
Check out 25+
additional screenshots here!
Higher quality versions of past screenshots also added & updated!
Confirmed so far in
TEKKEN 7 Fated Retribution: Updated graphics, new
characters, brand new default costumes for the old cast, new stages, new intro
poses, and of
Akuma. Now the question is: Will Akuma be the only Street Fighter
character to appear in T7? Common sense would say no.
I said it earlier this year... "What if TEKKEN 7 is actually
TEKKEN X SF?"
early prediction is that TEKKEN 7: FR will feature
more than one Street Fighter character. However, the actual
"TEKKEN X Street Fighter" project will be a
sequel or update to T7FR. This is just a simple guess,
without anything to really base it on (and also what I hope will
The fact that Akuma still fights in a "2D" fashion in
the TEKKEN 7 engine is an amazing feat... and I seriously
can't wait to see more of how he plays. (On that note, don't you
think Bandai Namco might utilize that special "character
playstyle" by adding some more Street Fighter characters?).
We've already seen
Namco's early development of Chun-Li, so she might be in. It's
hard to imagine Ryu won't appear as well.
Take it all in guys & gals... We're experiencing some amazing
fighting game history.
So I wonder what debt Akuma has to Kazumi. My prediction: It
involves another Street Fighter character. . . . possibly
Ryu (or Evil Ryu)? Hmmm.