'Tekken 7' release date, news: no cross-platform play but so many changes added


Sadly for fans of fighting video games, “Tekken 7” won’t be joining the latest trend in gaming where cross-platform play is allowed. However, that doesn’t mean Bandai Namco isn’t bent on making this new iteration the best so far for the franchise.

The game was already made available in Japan as of July of this year and everyone has some clue as to what to expect from it once it reaches the North American shores next year. For the most part, there will be several changes such as the introduction of additional stages, items, costumes, and of course, characters. Taking this into consideration, the “Tekken” video game across the different platforms has the potential of becoming the most massive so far.

The only dent to this otherwise expected flawless release is the revelation of game creator Katsuhiro Harada, via PC Gamer, that the game won’t be doing cross-platform play, citing security reasons, especially with the high probability of cheating to progress in the game. Harada emphasized that the decision to ignore cross-platform play considerations isn’t about the lack of technology from his team; rather it is more on putting priority on the company’s existing policies that focus on minimizing security risks in their games.

Therefore, the only way to play the upcoming game “Tekken 7” is through every gamer’s own platform or console.

But it’s not really bad news for anyone who’s eager to try “Tekken 7” since the video game franchise as a whole has been generally successful in its decades of existence without the need for cross-platform play. The fact is this kind of technology is relatively new and only a handful of game titles are compatible with the concept.

“Tekken 7” is scheduled to be released for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows (via Steam) platforms.