Japanese game developer Bandai Namco remains tight-lipped on the exact release date of the highly-anticipated fighting video game Tekken 7. Meanwhile, fans of the franchise will be able to select their favorite characters in the upcoming Project X Zone 2, the crossover title featuring characters from popular video games Street Fighter, Megaman X, Resident Evil: Revelations, Devil May Cry, Soul Calibur V, Sakura Wars and Virtua Fighter.
JobsNHire reported that the Project X Zone 2, developed by Monolith Soft, is intended for the Nintendo 3DS series. Project X Zone was first released in North America in 2013.
Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima from the Tekken franchise will be featured in the sequel, including a selection of martial arts combat games such as Street Fighter, God Eater 2, Street Fighter, Tales of Vesperia, Sakura Wars, Resident Evil: Revelations, Virtua Fighter, Yakuza: Megaman X, Shinobi, Devil May Cry, Darkstalkers, Space Channel 5, Streets of Rage, Summon Night 3, Resident Evil 6, Ace Attorney, Soul Calibur V, and Adventure of Valkyrie, said Cross Map.
Project X Zone 2 gives players the ability to take turns in carrying out attacks on a grid-based map. The game's release is scheduled for November 12 in Japan, followed by a global release in the first quarter of 2016.
Katsuhiro Harada, director of Tekken 7, said he is still accepting feedbacks from gamers to further improve the user experience and fix bugs and loopholes before releasing the game to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
"This does give us on the other hand the chance to polish up the game while people are playing in Japan in the arcades. And to add content - unlock characters and such. Eventually when it does comes out in console there will be all kinds of cool things in the game that we can't go much into detail right now but obviously it would be much better than it is now," said Harada.
Harada also explained that Tekken 7's arcade version would determine if Bandai Namco will add online play. Speaking at the Tekken 7 panel at this year's Evolution Championship Series (EVO 2015) tournaments held in Paris Convention Center halls, he added that the availability of Tekken 7 arcade machine would depend on willingness of arcade operators to invest and participate in local tests for the game.
Tekken 7 will likely target high-end game systems such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but no official platform support has been confirmed.
The arcade version of "Tekken 7" is already available in Japan and selected areas in the U.S. but PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners are still waiting for news regarding the game's arrival for their consoles.
Harada added that Tekken 7 will be powered by Unreal Engine 4 when it's reaches PS4 and Xbox One consoles to deliver the next evolution of fighting impact.
"With Unreal Engine 4, we can rapidly achieve visual quality expected on next-gen platforms and go beyond it," Harada told Unreal Engine. "Not only is Unreal Engine 4 powerful and easy to use, but it also allows us to bring 'Tekken 7' to any platform we desire."