“Road to King of Iron Fist” – @TEKKEN Documentary airs tomorrow at 6 PM Pacific

Tomorrow, the Tekken community gives us an inside look at the evolution of their scene, whose days stretch back to their roots in local arcades like a majority of today’s fighting games. Going from a classic 3D fighter to one of the most complicated yet legendary franchises in the world, Tekken’s competitive fanbase has exploded since Tekken 7’s inception on arcade cabinets two years ago.

As we are now approximately three weeks away from Tekken 7’s transition to consoles, we’d like to take some time to acknowledge the scene’s history as well as its future going forward. The series includes a selection of characters spanning various archetypes for humans and animals alike, and players confront each other in 3D-styled gameplay across exotic landscapes around the globe, such as India, Thailand, Spain and so on. The lifelike graphics only serve to add to a delicious platter.

What’s particularly interesting to note about Tekken 7 is the fact that Bandai Namco has integrated Akuma’s Street Fighter 4 incarnation as a guest character. They’ve remained faithful to how he plays in Capcom’s original trademark fighter by giving him a unique meter which can hold up to two stocks, each of which can be used to enhance the properties of his special attacks. Additionally, his normal attacks carry over as well, adding a unique element to a fraction of Tekken 7’s match-ups. With his inclusion, a handful of the Street Fighter pros including Poongko immediately opted to make the jump to the Tekken universe while still devoting the majority of their time to Street Fighter V.

However, this isn’t the first time Capcom and Bandai Namco have contributed to each other’s games. Around the end of 2011, the two companies banded together to create a crossover title called Street Fighter x Tekken, a game which revolved around Street Fighter 4’s mechanics while also introducing unique elements such as the gem system and various tag-team options. Unfortunately, a “mishandling” of the DLC content destroyed the community’s interest in the game before it could go places, despite the arrival of a quality-of-balance patch at the end of 2012. Since then, recent rumors have pointed towards a “reverse crossover” title called Tekken x Street Fighter, where both casts collide again while fighting under the influence of Tekken’s mechanics instead of Street Fighter’s.

Whether such a game will come to fruition or not, however, is anyone’s guess, nor is it in the front of anyone’s minds. With the attention Tekken 7 is getting, it may be quite some time before the scene decides to move on. Still, we may not have seen the last of this interaction between Bandai Namco and Capcom.

The Tekken franchise has always boasted a legacy curve, meaning that players coming from previous entries in the series would usually have an edge against newcomers. However, Tekken 7 is apparently aimed at an environment where newcomers and veterans can thrive, given the amount of effort players put towards improvement. This is made apparent with the introduction of a new Tekken mechanic called the Rage Arts, which you can check out in Maximilian Dood’s YouTube video below.

For those unfamiliar with Rage Arts, characters get access to them after entering Rage Mode, which occurs when their health is dangerously low. With the correct inputs and the right read, a Rage Art sacrifices your Rage Mode to inflict a serious amount of damage. Their potential in the alteration of a match’s course is quite huge, according to Max.

Make sure to check out the Tekken scene’s documentary, “Road to King of Iron Fist,” when it airs tomorrow at 6 P.M. Pacific Time! For more information, please see the Tekken Twitter page.

As for when Tekken 7 comes to consoles…it arrives on June 2nd, 2017 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC. You can pre-order different editions of the game to get access to exclusive Tekken merchandise. See this page from the Tekken website for details!

Finally, it’s worth noting that Tekken 7 will be at the Mandalay Bay in two months to celebrate EVO 2017, the annual championship event for the FGC! Check out their Smash.GG page and sign up!

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