'Tekken 7' release date, news: Director says no cross-platform play due to security risks and cheaters

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Game director and chief producer Katsuhiro Harada revealed recently that cross-platform play for the highly anticipated fighting game, “Tekken 7” will not be included due to security issues and the apparent perception that PC players tend to cheat in the game.

According to WCCFTech, Harada took to Twitter to share that with the technology today, there are some hurdles that can potentially hinder the game.

Based on the translation made by a NeoGAF user, the post reads, “It’s not a matter of the technology for getting the PS4/XB1/PC players to match up against each other being the issue, but rather first party company policies and potential security risks alongside the community perceived reputation of PC gamers being cheaters that is hindering the decision to allow cross platform play.”

The executive clarified that the statement regarding alleged cheaters was not his opinion but rather of the community’s as he is also mainly a PC gamer.

Some also note that Harada may only want to reduce the seeming apprehension that there are many cheaters while the risks in the security are deemed to refer to mods or hacks that could take place. Gamerant shares that there has been no shortage of PC hacks as of late, with “The Division” easily accessible to hackers that make themselves invincible and equipped with an unlimited supply of ammunition.

Cross-platform play has been gaining traction among the gamers as it allows them to stay with their preferred console while playing with their friends or even battling them while they are on a different platform. Some of the titles that offer the said feature are “Gears of War 4,” “Rocket League,” “Final Fantasy XIV” and “Street Fighter V.” Sony and Microsoft are also reportedly considering making it available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

“Tekken 7” is expected to be released sometime in 2017.