AR­CADE WATCH

Keep­ing an eye on the coin-op gam­ing scene

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A sur­prise an­nounce­ment at Bandai Namco’s The King Of Iron Fist Tour­na­ment 2015, Tekken 7: Fated Ret­ri­bu­tion is de­scribed as a “true fol­low-up” to the ma­chine that’s been in Ja­panese ar­cades since March. Though it’s not quite a se­quel, Fated Ret­ri­bu­tion is a ground-up re­vamp of the ex­ist­ing game, in­clud­ing im­proved graph­ics, a com­pletely re­freshed se­lec­tion of char­ac­ter out­fits, and new-look stages.

More ar­rest­ing than any of those changes, how­ever, is the in­tro­duc­tion of Street Fighter’s Akuma to the ros­ter. Tekken 7’ s trail­ers in­cluded a scene in which Kazumi Mishima asked a mys­te­ri­ous stranger to kill her hus­band, Hei­hachi, if she were un­able to go through with it her­self. Fated Ret­ri­bu­tion’s trailer re­veals that stranger to be Akuma, suggest­ing he’s set to be more than just a bonus char­ac­ter.

The flame-haired brawler will also need to feel at home within Tekken’s in­di­vid­ual-limb-fo­cused con­trol scheme, too, but per­haps work done on the MIA cross­over game Tekken X Street Fighter will help smooth the tran­si­tion. There’s no release date set for the ar­cade ma­chine yet, but game di­rec­tor Kat­suhiro ro HaradaHar has promised that at the con­sole version that fol­lows will be up p to date with which­ever ever version of the coin-op oin-op is in op­er­a­tion when it tran­si­tions to liv­ing rooms in 2016. There will be other new w ad­di­tions to the e ros­ter, to be an­nounced in the in­terim, so per­haps we’ll see other faces from Street Fighter join­ing Akuma. .

Game Tekken7:Fat­edRetri­bu­tion Man­u­fac­turer Bandai Namco

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