Anyone who is a long time fan of Tekken, we all knew this was coming. Prior to last weekend’s EVO Championship Series 2014 tournament, it was announced that Tekken Project Producer Katsuhiro Harada will be in attendance to make an announcement. However, on the early morning of the last day of EVO, a image was leaked on before Harada’s announcement. Despite the “spoiler,” Harada-san came center stage after the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 finals to make his presence and jokingly blames the “leak” on the Street Fighter IV series producer Yoshinori Ono (which pretty much indicates the “Harada vs. Ono” publicity stunt is still ongoing). After the greeting, shits-and-giggles, and telling the audience who saw the leak to “show excitement” for the presentation to help him explain to the higher ups at Namco Bandai Japan, he shows a trailer before leaving…
(source: TheFighterGenerations YouTube Channel, Namco Bandai Games)
Don’t like the English VOs, here’s the Japanese version of the trailer…
(source: Namco Bandai Japan YouTube Channel)
Like most announcement trailers, it’s all cinematic and no gameplay, but it does show what’s to come in the terms of story in Tekken 7. The trailer shows a woman sitting in a temple when a man walks in, showing only the shadow on the floor. The woman, who’s is only seen on her back, telling the man who she refers to as Kazuya that “the time has come” and she must stop Heihachi because “he was born with my powers,” she quoted. The short trailer follows up with the climatic build-up of Kazuya confronting his father, Heihachi, for slaying his mother. The trailer ends with “The Final Battle”, the Tekken 7 logo, and an engraving on a wood floor that reads “Heihachi and Kazumi”.
Taking a shot in the dark on this, I assume that Kazumi is Heihachi’s wife, Kazuya’s mother and Jin’s grandmother. While the story is still up for speculation, the english version trailer closed with promise of more information to come at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con.
Though the leak spoiled the announcement, Tekken 7 being confirmed was no surprise. Strangely enough, Harada, while on stage at EVO, stated that Tekken 7 wasn’t meant to be announced, but an entirely different game instead. According to VG24/7, he didn’t have a trailer prepared, and had to whip one up quickly in his hotel room before unveiling the Tekken 7. I’m assuming Harada show the announcement trailer after hearing news of the game being leaked. The game that Harada suppose to announce at EVO is shrouded in mystery… for now.
Back to the trailer, while it’s short it does tease the end of the long battle within the Mishima Bloodline and curse that goes back to the very first game. With Heihachi’s illegitimate son, Lars Alexendaersson, introduced in Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion and the mystery shrouding Kazumi in this upcoming title things, things would probably not end well.
Overall, an decent announcement teaser trailer and very climatic at most. As a long time fan of the franchise, I’m definitely look forward to what the seventh official episode of the King of Iron Fist has in store. All we know so far that according to the leak and many sources that Tekken 7 will run on Unreal Engine 4, which pretty much guarantee that it’ll be on the latest gen consoles (PS4 and Xbox One). More information will come at this years San Diego Comic Con.