Musing About Tekken 7 Part 1: Characters and Conflicts
It’s coming. But who’ll be coming along with it?
Tekken 7 is coming. No ifs or buts about it. When remains an unknown at this point, but it could be anytime from early next year onwards. I’m inclined to think that the game won’t be a huge leap from Tekken 6, in that it will probably still use the same graphics engine or technology, albeit with new elements, new gameplay mechanics, new characters and tweaked stuff all around.
That said, it should still appear on the current generation of consoles, and thus shouldn’t take as long as the last installment did coming to our hands. At least, I hope. Anyway, what are the things we can expect from the next Tekken? What would we ask to remain or go away? Here are mine.
Who’s Going, Who’s Staying. Some of the endings of Tekken 6 showed some dire straits for several fighters; notably Baek Doo San and Wang Jinrei. Perhaps both of these senior fighters will die, or retire coming into T7. Probably more of the latter, so they can always be returned in some form. Or perhaps replaced by a younger version who retains most of their moves, ala Julia replacing Michelle. Perhaps Baek can be replaced by a young female version, who’s even more of a hothead than Hwoarang… wouldn’t that be a nice change of pace for ‘Rang- having a female TKD Padawan (ala Clone Wars) under his wing.
How about Heihachi Mishima? His voice actor, Daisuke Gori, passed away recently, and while it’s pretty slim, there may be a chance that they would retire his character because of this. Then again, the elder Mishima is no ordinary man, and surely Tekken wouldn’t be the same without him.
I fully expect most of the cast from Tekken 6 to return, including all the newcomers from T6. Bob may or may not return as he was in the last game, depending on what his Tekken 6 ending really was. Miguel and Leo’s storylines were left dangling, and need only take up where they left off. As for Zafina, all she needs is to see another prophecy of doom for her to slink out of the shadows again to fight. The Bloodline Rebellion loveteam of Lars and Alisa should still be a player in the surely-still-ragin Zaibatsu/G-Corp war, as a generally benign third party and perhaps continued main protagonists.
Bottom-line, a big time leap ala Tekken 3 is pretty unlikely, and shearing the cast to the bare minimum ala Tekken 4 would cause a cataclysm akin to Dogs and Cats, Living Together and Mass Hysteria to erupt onto Namco-Bandai.
What of Jin Kazama? Was he dead or alive at the end of the last game’s Scenario Campaign? It would be safe to say that if he was dead, he won’t stay that way for long. No, Jin will be back, that’s a given. Will he be evil still, or fighting to redeem himself, or GASP be stricken by amnesia? We’ll just have to see.
New Faces. If all the past Tekken games have taught us anything, it’s this- ANYTHING goes when it comes to new fighters. We’ve seen robots, cyborgs, animals, demons, martial artists, commandos, fat guys, people from all over the globe… even a space ninja! What else could the Tekken Team do? What HAVEN’T they done?
How about a child fighter (whose diminuative stature may kinda make him like Yoda in SCIV)- think Hit Girl from Kick-Ass. A Filipino stick-fighter like Harada-san hinted at during his trip to Manila? A grapple-heavy fighter ala the Gracies? How about a ladies man-type of character?
One thing I think is pretty likely- the return of Kunimitsu. I’ll call it now. A lot of people asked for her the last time, maybe they’ll see the kunoichi return in T7.
There are so many possibilites, but I think we can be sure that the Tekken Team won’t try to disappoint or anger fans and gamers by rocking the boat too much. More additions rather than omissions, perhaps the return of old faces and a surprise or two. And surely something wild and out of left field to make us either smile or go WTF. Just be prepared… it should be pretty cool.
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