ByMarc Sumner, writer at Creators.co
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Marc Sumner

This one's been a long time coming.

In early 2017, Bandai Namco Entertainment will finally release 'Tekken 7: Fated Retribution', (the ninth entry in their legendary fighting game franchise) on home consoles and PC: and boy, how they made us wait.

Originally released in arcades in Japan in 2015, fans have been patiently awaiting a console release since then, and whereas we still have no official date, ("early 2017" is the best we're getting for now) an announcement of release on the Xbox One and now PC (a first for the franchise) in addition to the previously declared PS4, has confirmed just how long we have to get in tip-top fighting shape for the game's debut.

The ever-unpronounceable Hwoarang vs Jin Kazama
The ever-unpronounceable Hwoarang vs Jin Kazama

Tekken 7's storyline, which revolves around series staple Heihachi and his previously unseen (and previously dead) wife Kazumi will take family drama to the next level and introduce classic 'Street Fighter' character Akuma into the mix in an odd yet intriguing decision to have the guest fighter feature heavily within the game's narrative: and from the looks of the trailer, getting tangled up in the aged lovers' quarrel.

Akuma is in no mood for fun and games
Akuma is in no mood for fun and games

Along with the utterly-badass looking Akuma, Tekken 7 also introduces a wide range of new playable characters such as military self-defense style fighter Shaheen and massive heavy-hitting cyborg, Gigas. The Tekken series has always been famous for its diverse and varied line-up, so a number of new characters comes as no surprise, yet combining these unfamiliar fighters (along with our old favourites like Jin, Kazuya and Paul) with the newly designed 'Rage Drive' combo techniques and 'Rage Art' finishing moves may provide us with a truly fresh and original way to kick each other's heads in: virtually speaking, of course.

The new fighters available in Tekken 7
The new fighters available in Tekken 7

In addition to the expanded roster, Tekken 7 features improved gameplay mechanics like destructible environments and interactive cutscenes; small features that may just be the icing on the cake of potentially one of the best fighting games ever.

Well, it has been a long time coming.