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Bandai Namco is planning to announce Tekken 7 tonight. However, the first details on the fighting game leaked out this afternoon.
An IGN News video, posted early by AOL, mentions that Tekken 7 is being developed for current-gen consoles. It will utilize Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4.
“With Unreal Engine 4, we can rapidly achieve the visual quality expected on next-gen platforms and go beyond it,” Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada said in a statement read during the video (via Gematsu). “Not only is Unreal Engine 4 powerful and easy to use, but it allows us to easily bring Tekken 7 to any platform we desire.”
AOL quickly realized their mistake and pulled down the video. It's now listed as "restricted" if you try to view it at the link above. The quote from Harada and the logo were the only crucial parts of it, though.
While the exact platforms weren't mentioned, PS4 and Xbox One seem like natural homes for the game. It's just a question of what other systems will receive the game. Is Bandai Namco planning to release Tekken 7 on PC as well? The series has stuck to consoles (and the PSP) in the past but maybe that strategy will change with T7.
Bandai Namco can't blame AOL for spoiling the surprise. They took the cat partially out of the bag last night. Freelance writer Heidi Kemps say the company testing the projection system at EVO 2014. During the test, they flashed the Tekken 7 logo:
The Tekken 7 announcement will supposedly happen right before the Ultra Street Fighter 4 final. The pre-show is scheduled for 5:30 PM PT, or 8:30 PM ET. Perhaps Bandai Namco will supply some critical details like a release date or at least a list of platforms.
Tekken 7 isn't the only upcoming game making a splash at the fighting game convention. Yesterday NetherRealm Studios released a new trailer for Mortal Kombat X featuring Raiden.
What fighting game are you more excited for?