'Tekken 7' news, release date rumors: Jun Kazama may not be coming back

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Finally, diehard fans of the “Tekken” series of fighting video games can now breathe a sigh of relief after BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment confirmed it’ll be released to the three primary gaming consoles Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. However, it doesn’t mean the constant spills of rumors and speculations will stop as everyone will now look into who’s in and who’s out in the roster of fighters.

In an interview with DualShockers, BANDAI NAMCO brand manager Mark Religioso revealed several fighters who are officially on the new game, “Tekken 7,” but he also admitted that the list is still incomplete for the moment. It may be true that a long wait is expected before the final members of the roster are revealed, but quite interestingly, another boss from the company might have handed out a clue as to who’s not going to make it.

“Tekken 7” producer Katsuhiro Harada hinted via Twitter about the exclusion of a particular character Jun Kazama. When a fan asked about the prospect of the fighter getting included in the roster, Harada responded by saying that Jun did not have that much of an audience in “Tekken Tag Tournament 2” to merit an appearance in another game. Simply put, there is no way Jun will be included because she isn’t as popular as other “Tekken” characters.

Anyway, the unfortunate ditching of one character does not mean the upcoming fighting video game will be less interesting. The fact is “Tekken 7” will be filled with excitement due to the return of several favorite characters in the entire franchise, including Bob, Nina Williams, Alisa, Bryan Fury, Leo, Dragunov, Feng Wei, King, Xiaoyu, Lili, Asuka, Jin, to name a few.

“Tekken 7” is expected to be launched by BANDAI NAMCO in the first quarter of 2017, although there always is that possibility it could be delayed further.