Fighting game classic Tekken is coming to Android and iOS
BANDAI NAMCO should be a familiar name to all retro gamers. The Japanese gaming giant is responsible for some of the most iconic gaming franchises including Pacman, Galaxian, and Dig Dug. The company has been one of the most consistent in the gaming industry as well; the early 3D generation (think Sony’s original PlayStation) saw the releases of instant classics like Ridge Racer and Tekken (which is now one of the most successful fighting game franchises in the world). NAMCO is hoping to capitalize on the continued popularity of this last title in the mobile arena and has recently announced that Tekken will be coming to Android and iOS devices.
For the uninitiated, Tekken is a character-focused fighting game. Tekken stood out from other fighting games of its time by introducing a clever gameplay system that allowed players to control each limb of their fighters via independent buttons. For example, there was a dedicated button for right and left punches and kicks, which led to the ability for players to pull off unique combos, and special moves focused more on combinations of attacks rather than directional motions like those found in the Street Fighter series.
This Tekken release looks a bit unique from its brethren, however. This title appears to be more story focused and may not feature the series-staple fighting mechanics. The exact gameplay style is difficult to discern from the trailer released on Friday, but players will be able to collect over 100 characters and create unique fighting styles for each. It’s likely that gameplay will be less action-oriented than its console and arcade counterparts, and in-app purchases are a certainty due to its free-to-play nature, but this may scratch the fighting game itch for fans of the venerable franchise.
BANDAI NAMCO opened a pre-registration website that allows potential players to sign up. Registering on the site entitles gamers to in-game rewards, and as more sign up, more rewards will be released. Speaking of release, BANDAI NAMCO hasn’t announced an official release date for the game yet, but iOS users in Canada can preview the game now.