'Tekken 7' news: Arcade version of 'Fated Retribution' will run in Japan starting next month

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The much awaited next installment of the widely popular fighting game franchise “Tekken 7: Fated Retribution” will have its first location test happening next month in Japan, seemingly suggesting that the arcade version may be launched anytime soon.

According to an announcement on the official website of “Tekken,” the tests will take place starting Feb. 12 until Feb. 14 in different parts of Japan namely Namco Sugamo in Tokyo, Round One Stadium in Sennichimae arcade in Osaka, and Namco’s Hakata Bus Terminal arcade in Fukuoka.

No further details have been revealed, but it is expected that if the tests are successful, it could mean that the game’s arcade version may be released sometime after the test run.

Last December, chief producer for Bandai Namco Katsuhiro Harada revealed the big update after the “King of Iron Fist” tournament in Japan.

He took the center stage to show the teaser trailer for “Fated Retribution” featuring the fancy new logo and enhanced and smoother graphics for the characters such as Leo Klisen, Sergei Dragunov, Bryan Fury, Ling Xiaoyu, Emilie de Rochefort, and Asuka Kazama.

The new addition to the playable roster Akuma, a crossover with Capcom’s “Street Fighter,” was also highlighted. He was introduced to be the mysterious figure talking to Heihachi Mishima’s wife Kazumi. The latter asked Akuma to kill her husband in case she is unable to do it herself. Akuma agreed as a way for him to repay his debt to her.

Meanwhile, with the arcade version’s release approaching, the console version may take some time before it hits the market. Some gamers are optimistic that it may arrive before the year ends.

N4BB reported that the game may even have support for virtual reality made possible by the upcoming PlayStation VR handset. However, this does not necessarily mean that “Tekken 7” will be played in the first person, but it will simply support the viewing in third person.