The rumor mill has been continuously churning this year for the possible launch date of the highly anticipated next installment in Bandai Namco’s fighting game franchise, “Tekken 7,” but recent statements made by one of the company’s managers suggests that it may finally have a release window.
According to Spanish website Koi Nya, marketing manager of Bandai Namco Entertainment Spain David Fraile made an announcement via a Youtube video during Madrid Games Week that the iteration may arrive sometime during 2016 and presumably become available for some selected new generation consoles which can support the graphics.
The Bit Bag reports that the news outlet that first broadcasted his statement has been recently contacted by Fraile to clarify his words, saying that they are currently working on having Tekken 7 become available for the west region and they may also bring the arcade version to Spain.
Although it remains vague if Fraile is actually retracting his previous message, a rough translation of his clarification reads, “It is true that we are planning various activities around the Tekken license. However, I want to clarify my comments made during MGW: Tekken is one of the largest license of NAMCO BANDAI and obviously we are working on bringing content related license to the West. At the moment, we are trying to bring the arcade version of Tekken 7 in Madrid, Barcelona, and other Spanish cities.”
Bandai Namco officially acknowledged the development of the game during Evolution Championship Series last year and mentioned that it will be powered by the UNREAL 4 engine.
It has also been actively promoting new fighters recently such as the edition of eskrima fighter from the Philippines named Josie Rizal and the Saudi Arabian character called Shaheen. While Kuma, Nina and Anna may return to the series.
It remains to be seen if this comes to fruition as the company is yet to provide an official confirmation.