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Bandai Namco released a new trailer for Tekken 7. This time the trailer spotlights one of the new characters on the roster named Gigas. The character is a giant, muscle-bound grappler with a lot of pound-the-ground moves... literally. You can check out the trailer below from GamesHQMedia.
Gigas is an interesting character, as far as looks go. He's all red, with his unmentionables covered by a little cup and his head hidden away behind a mean looking mask. The thing that really stands out are all those unconnected tubes flailing around behind him, as if he just escaped from a laboratory.
The comment section below the YouTube video is actually filled with a lot of hilarious stuff, from people calling him Dr. Octopus on steroids, to others saying it's the love-child of Bane and the Predator.
It's pretty obvious he shares a lot of similarities in his design to the red Bane depiction from the cartoon The Batman. The design is very, very similar. The fighting moves also mirror, very closely, the kind of fighting style that Bane used in the cartoon.
Within the Tekken universe, Gigas shares similarities to other big fighters like Jack and Marduk. He appears to be a close fusion between the two characters, having a fighting style that mirrors pounding an opponent into the ground.
Some of the other comments on the YouTube page also mention that this Gigas character could be Marduk all suited up to destroy. Their only proof of this is that the fighting styles are very similar. Marduk, introduced in Tekken 4, is a vale tudo fighter. He was one of the characters that gained a lot of chatter at the time because MMA was starting to make a return to the spotlight, and this was a nice character to pay an homage to the underground nature of the sport.
It is true that a lot of Gigas' moves do mirror Marduk. However, I would attribute that more to the Tekken team recycling similar moves than it being story related. A lot of the characters on the Tekken roster share moves, from Bruce and Bryan to the Bear/Panda and Paul, the series is known for move-sharing amongst some members of the roster. This doesn't mean that Gigas and Marduk may not have some story ties, because they very well could, but making the leap based on move-set alone seems a little misguided.
Speaking of story... we don't know much about this Gigas character but his design definitely points to some sort of science experiment.
I'm sure it won't be long until we find out the whole story behind Gigas when Tekken 7 releases in the arcades at the end of the month over in Japan. The game is also expected to be a part of the EVO 2015 line-up this summer. Bandai Namco has yet to put an official release date on Tekken 7 in North America, but we do know that it's running on the Unreal Engine 4 and that it's planned for release on home consoles.