“I can’t answer, but there is one thing I can say. Tekken 7 has gone on long enough,” said Harada in response.
If we were to take that statement at face value, that certainly sounds like Bandai Namco is moving on from the game though that may not end up being the case after all.
Harada goes on to tell the story about how Tekken 7 was originally planned to only receive two seasons of content. Sales were so strong, however, that they decided to keep asking the company to make more.
“Well, this has been going on for a very long time,” said Harada. “It’s really profitable even after the second year. Considering the development cost, the profit is massive. We recovered all of that development cost in the first two months of sales.”
It’s definitely easy to see that creating characters in an already established game system is way simpler and cheaper to make compared to something brand new, which fighting game and pretty much all developers have shifted towards this past console generation.
The face of Tekken’s dev team doesn’t say whether he’s asked Bandai Namco to make a Season 5 for Tekken 7, but does pretty much imply that he could make it happen if that’s what they want to do.
“If I asked the president if I can make the next one, he definitely couldn’t say ‘no’ to me,” said Harada.
Bandai Namco appears to be gearing up to answer that question in some fashion, as they’ve been teasing a Tekken-related announcement in a series of tweets that points to a reveal coming this weekend.
Starting on Wednesday, May 19, Bandai Namco’s eSports account began posting short clips with the number “3”.
This led some fans to speculate that something like Tekken Tag Tournament 3 may be en route, but it just looks to be a countdown considering they posted another yesterday with the number two.
The most likely outcome of said countdown is that the publisher is planning to reveal the next season of the Tekken World Tour, especially since all of the clips were from previous tournament events.
Judging by the countdown of days, Bandai Namco will probably be making the announcement tomorrow, May 22, evening.
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