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Zafina the astrologist turns her hand to Tekken 7, plus new moves for everyone elseSep 10, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hello biffers, your Mars is in ascendance. That astrologist you consulted about your mortgage now has a relatable character to use in punchsome fighting game Tekken 7. Zafina is a purple clad fighter with a keen interest in the stars circling your head after she knocks you the flip out. She also has a giant claw for a hand, because what self-respecting Gemini doesn’t have an evil limb that threatens to take control of their mind? Alongside her release today comes a free update with new moves for other players and some other small changes to the knuckle sandwich ’em up. Come and fight me for them. (more…) Podcast: It's a family thingSep 6, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun“Family is all”, a wise man once said. And then he half-drowned his nephew in a bucket of ice water, but let’s forget about that bit. The sentiment is what’s important. Families can be good and bad, dysfunctional or helpful. This is as true in videogames as in life. So that’s what we’re podcasting about this week. The brothers, mothers, aunts and cousins we have grown to like or who we watch with a wary eye any time we visit the local volcano. Come listen. (more…) Season Pass 3 Release Date Update Ver. 3.00 NotesSep 5, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsAre you ready for Season 3? Zafina the Spiritual Warrior joins the fight on September 10 with a new set of costumes, and Wing Chun expert Leroy Smith will follow this winter. Along with Season Pass 3, we’re releasing a free update featuring new character moves, player stats and more! ----------------------------------- Update Ver. 3.00 Patch Notes ----------------------------------- Update data Ver. 3.00 will include the following elements: ● Battle balance adjustment Made adjustments to game balance for all characters ● New function PLAY STATS PLAY STATS and STAGE WIN RATE functions will be added to PLAYER INFORMATION. 3 TOP STATS from PLAY STATS will be shown in online match. ● Expanded character select function Unique costumes for each character will be added to customize slot as Pre-set slots. ● Adjustment of online rank Online ranks now start from 1st dan. The rank of characters with a rank from Beginner to 1st kyu will be changed to 1st dan. ● Renewal of user interface Elements of the user interface such as main menu or character select will be renewed. ● Added illustrations to GALLERY New illustrations will be added to the GALLERY of TEKKEN 7. Full details: http://bnent.eu/T7Patch300 EVO 2019's best story was the unstoppable rise of Pakistani Tekken player Arslan AshAug 5, 2019 - PC Gamer"The story here is this guy cannot be stopped," said commentator Aris, as 23-year-old Arslan Ash mopped the floor with EVO 2018's Tekken 7 champion. Tekken 7 had an exciting grand final at this year's EVO fighting game tournament, but not because it ever really looked neck-and-neck. South Korean champion Knee, who won EVO last year and has been a powerhouse in the Tekken scene for years, never looked like he had the match under control. Knee scrapped his way through a few rounds, but Arslan pressed on relentlessly, and then all of a sudden it was over: With a perfect sidestep and two quick jabs, Arslan was the new EVO champion. The excitement was in knowing just how hard it was for Arslan to get to that point. Arslan Ash is undoubtedly, in 2019, the best competitive Tekken player in the world. Earlier this year he beat Knee and the rest of Tekken's finest at EVO Japan, ragged from two-and-a-half days of air travel across five flights. Arslan is from Pakistan, and has had trouble getting visas for countries like Japan and the US just to compete. Pakistan has a huge Tekken community, according to Arslan, but few of its players compete internationally, and his sudden dominance over the last year has taken the Tekken world by surprise. Dominance really is the right word: Arslan stayed in the winners bracket through all his EVO 2019 matches, beating Knee in the semifinals and another Tekken favorite, Anakin, to make it to the grand final. And then he took down Knee again, without a bracket reset (meaning Knee, fighting from the loser's bracket, couldn't take enough rounds to force a second set, which often happens in nail-biter grand finals). And it's not like EVO and EVO Japan were Arslan's only accomplishments. He won another tournament in Vegas the day before EVO, casually tweeting that it was a good warm up. Since winning EVO Japan in February he's been gaining attention, and the fighting game community has rallied behind him—a project called the EFight Pass helped Arslan get a visa to travel to the US. "He is now the guy to watch out for," commentator Mark Julio said as Arslan celebrated his victory on the EVO stage. "But like many champions in the past, once the mark is on you, everyone's going to come after you. So Arslan Ash, I'm sure you were ready already, but everyone's going to be gunning for you." In Tekken, at least, Arslan is the first winner of EVO Japan and EVO Vegas in the same year. Last year, Knee—who Arslan has now beat time and again—took EVO Japan and the Tekken World Tour championship. Arslan has an unprecedented shot at a triple crown, and while he fights for it he's lifting the rest of Pakistan's Tekken community up along with him. Tekken 7 s new character is Ip Man with dreadlocksAug 5, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Barnstorming punch em up Tekken 7 is getting a new knuckle sandwich artist, developers Bandai Namco have announced. He s a calm-looking martial fightist who lost his family in a gang conflict in New York and went missing for 50 years, only to reappear in the following videogame trailer at fighting game championship EVO 2019. It looks like he s been hanging out in Hong Kong, because he s basically Donnie Yen s Ip Man but with shades and dreadlocks. Anyway, he’s back “for revenge”. Which is what we all want, deep down inside, really. (more…) Snake is not sneaking into Tekken 7 (Updated)Aug 5, 2019 - PC GamerThis weekend, EVO hosted a few fighting game announcements amid the relentless brawling of the tournament's competitors, and one in particular got folk all in a lather. During the Tekken 7 finals, it looked like Metal Gear Solid's Snake was being teased as an upcoming fighter. Hopes were raised and then, tragically, dashed. "That was some good-ass Tekken," said Snake in a codec that played for the EVO audience. The random appearance of a character from an unrelated series usually means crossover is due, so the clip quickly spread outside of the tournament. You can watch it below, courtesy of AllGamesDelta. Unfortunately, it was all a misunderstanding—just a joke gone awry that was just meant for the audience. EVO put it together without talking to Bandai Namco and it was meant to be a "little joke". The organisers posted an apology on Twitter. Snake's appeared in a few fighting games before, including Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Ultimate, so it wasn't much of a leap. Who knows, though? Maybe all the excitement will inspire an actual crossover. Bring him out of retirement. While Snake is absent, Tekken 7 is still getting some new characters. Bandai Namco revealed the Season Pass 3, bringing back Zafina and introducing a new character, Leroy Smith. Zafina will return in September, followed by Leroy in winter 2019. Update: Longtime Solid Snake voice actor David Hayter was very clear about his displeasure with the "joke" on Twitter. Tekken 7 gets a brand new character called Leroy SmithAug 5, 2019 - EurogamerBandai Namco has announced season three of Tekken 7 - and it adds a brand new character. Leroy Smith is described as a "seasoned master of martial arts" who, 50 years ago, lost his family and home in New York as part of a gang conflict. He's back - and he's bringing his Wing Chun with him. Season three also adds Zafina to the game. Zafina is an Egyptian martial artists who made her debut in Tekken 6 and she looks as tricky and unpredictable in Tekken 7 as she was in its predecessor. She has multiple stances (you can see her spider stance in the video) and a claw from her demonic left hand. Read more Evo apologises for misleading Solid Snake cameo video during Tekken finalsAug 5, 2019 - EurogamerJust before the Tekken 7 Grand Finals at Evo this weekend, a short video featuring Snake speaking over a Metal Gear Solid codec lead attendees to believe the character was officially being teased for inclusion in the game. Unfortunately for fans, it was all just a joke set up by Evo, which took to Twitter to apologise after it all got a bit out of hand. In the codec, Snake can be heard saying, "That was some good-ass Tekken" to the game's producer, Katsuhiro Harada. It was only shown to attendees however, and not played on the official Evo stream. Read more TEKKEN 7 FREE 2nd Anniversary UpdateMay 30, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsA free update has been released today to celebrate TEKKEN 7’s 2nd Anniversary! 🎉 Players will get access to many new customization items, including a new costume for Negan, new battle effects, flags, wings and more! Ver.2.30 Update Note This update includes the following: ● Made adjustments to game balance for certain characters Read the full details from this page. ● Added new customization items Added items as part of the 2nd-year anniversary, as well as new customization options for Negan. After you implement the update data and restart the game, the relevant items will be available. Thank you for your continued support!Tekken 7, Project Cars, and more are cheap in the latest Humble BundleApr 2, 2019 - PC GamerThe newest iteration of the Humble Bundle is a nice collection of games from Bandai Namco including Impact Winter, Little Nightmares, Project Cars, and Tekken 7, among others, with funds raised going to support Save the Children and Extra Life—or the charity of your choice, if you'd prefer to direct your cash elsewhere. Here's what you'll get for your money: The $1: * Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Premium Edition; * Pac-Man Championship Edition DX; * Impact Winter; The Beat-the-Average: * Little Nightmares; * 11-11 Memories Retold; * Get Even; * Project Cars; The One-Fiver ($15): * God Eater 2 Rage Burst; * Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet; The Big Brawler ($25): * Tekken 7 ; It's not a huge discount on Tekken 7, which normally goes for $40, but it's still better than paying full pop if you've got a huge hankerin' for it right at this very moment. For me, the average-price tier is the real appeal in this bundle: Well under a tenner for Project Cars is a good deal on its own, and with Little Nightmares, 11-11 Memories Retold, and Get Even included, it's hard to go too wrong. The Humble Bandai Namco Bundle is available until April 23. Some online stores give us a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Read our affiliate policy for more info. TEKKEN 7 Update Ver. 2.21Mar 11, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsUpdate Ver. 2.21 introduces the following improvement: Fixed issue that caused Craig Marduk and Armor King's in-game ranks and stats to reset. We have fixed instances in which players who connect online after applying Ver. 2.20 would find the in-game ranks and stats of Craig Marduk and Armor King reset. Please note that this fix will not restore any lost in-game rank or stats. We are investigating the possibility of restoring in-game ranks or stats that were lost due to this issue. We will be releasing more information regarding the outcome of our investigation on our official site. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your understanding and support.Ver. 2.20 Update NoticeMar 6, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWe have confirmed that after applying Ver. 2.20, Craig Marduk and Armor King's in-game rank and stats reset in some cases. We are currently working to find a solution. Thank you for your patience and continued support!Julia Negan + Patch 2.20 OUT NOW in TEKKEN 7Feb 28, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsShe’s ready to broadcast her next fights and he’s about to give them a taste of Lucille. Julia and Negan from The Walking Dead are coming to TEKKEN 7’s Season Pass 2 today! In addition, patch 2.20 is available now, bringing the following features and improvements: Support for Julia Chang (DLC #8) and the Negan Pack (DLC #9) has been added Made adjustments to game balance New stages have been added The "Simple Select" feature has been added New music has been added to the jukebox Fixed various bugs New Warm-Up feature has been added during standby Read the full patch notes here. Julia and The Walking Dead s Negan hit Tekken 7 next weekFeb 18, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunTekken 7 gets just that little bit weirder on February 28th, as live-streaming pugilist Julia Chang gets extremely online in the ring. Baseball-bat swinging warlord Negan from The Walking Dead makes the leap along with her. Together, they wrap up the second season of the Bandai Namco arcade fighter’s DLC. In any other fighter these two would probably seem like oddballs, but Tekken 7’s cast is plenty weird already, so they fit right in, or at least don’t stand out. Take a peek at some of their moves (and Negan menacing Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada) in the trailer below. (more…) Tekken 7 will add Julia Chang and The Walking Dead's Negan this monthFeb 17, 2019 - PC GamerTekken 7's next two DLC fighters, series favourite Julia Chang and The Walking Dead's Negan, will both arrive on February 28, Bandai Namco has announced. It's unusual for two DLC characters to arrive at once, something the development team makes light of at the end of the trailer, above. "You the developers?" asks Negan, as he leers over producer Katsuhiro Harada. "The ones that pull that shit releasing characters one at a time? You're going to put me in the next update, right Harada?" The trailer also shows you how both fighters operate. Julia Chang, who has appeared in every Tekken game since Tekken 3, has a fairly compact fighting style consisting of solid kicks, punches and slams, with some acrobatics thrown in. For Negan, it's all about that bat, and whacking enemies around the head with it—although he also has a knife to stab them in the back. The pair mark the eighth and ninth DLC packs for Tekken 7. Julia Chang will cost $5, while Negan will cost $8. Here's when you can swing Negan's baseball bat, Lucille, in Tekken 7Feb 17, 2019 - EurogamerWe knew they were coming, but they're finally here - Tekken 7 DLC characters Julia and Negan will release on 28th February, 2019. Fresh from EVO Japan 2019, Gematsu reports Julia and Negan will cost $5 and $8 respectively - there's no news yet on the UK or European price points. "Your eyes do not deceive you, your pounding heart does not betray you; Negan from AMC's The Walking Dead is making his way into Tekken 7 to deal a world of pain in the Tekken universe," Bandai Namco teased at the time. "Negan, beloved by fans of The Walking Dead for his charismatic yet sinister demeanor, is ready to destroy all challengers, regardless of their stature in the Tekken universe." Read more Get a first look at The Walking Dead's Negan fighting in Tekken 7Dec 3, 2018 - PC GamerThe Walking Dead’s Negan got his proper Tekken 7 unveiling at the Tekken World Tour Finals. The bizarre crossover was teased back in August, but now you can see how he fights. And, it turns out, he fights like a some guy with a baseball bat. Bandai Namco recreated a scene from the show, with Tekken characters replacing the cast of The Walking Dead, aside from Negan. If you’re not caught up on the show, it might count as a bit of a spoiler. It’s a grim scene and a weird introduction to a new character. Take a gander at the reveal below. His fighting style is pretty simple: he hits things with his bat and he hits them very hard. In a game that’s had demons, robots, dinosaurs and kangaroos, a man with a bat is pretty conservative. “When it purely comes to fighting, Tekken 7 is glorious fun,” Dave Houghton said in his Tekken 7 review. Of course it should be, given that its combat model is only a slight refinement of the expansive, immediate and free-flowing set-up perfected some time around Tekken 3 on the PlayStation. But an improved version of a near-perfect thing is nothing to be sniffed at.“ Negan doesn’t have a release date yet, but he's part of the second season pass. The best Tekken player in the world is a pandaDec 3, 2018 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun A panda won the Tekken World Tour grand finals this weekend, rampaging through its opponents with all the anti-human rage you might expect of an endangered species. I say panda , I mean professional fighterman Hyeon-ho Jeong of South Korea, aka ‘Rangchu’, who mauled his way through the top 20 Tekken 7 players in the world using the black-eyed animal as a fighty pal. Eventually, Rangchu faced off against Byung-moon Son, better known as ‘Qudans’, last year s champion and fierce Devil Jin puppeteer. For the Tekken illiterate out there, Panda is generally seen as one of the weakest characters, since she is big and bulky enough to get hit in instances where normal-sized characters won t. Whereas Devil Jin is seen as a top tier fighter worthy of many chef kisses. Tekken veteran Qudans was also 3rd in the standings going into the contest, while Rangchu was 13th, making him and his animal friend the definite underdogs. So, imagine an entire hall filled with skeptical faces looking at this animal. But the panda was not fazed. She was here to chew bamboo and prove the doubters wrong. And by the time she landed the killer blow, she was all out of bamboo. (more…) Armor King and Marduk come to Tekken 7 today (and Julia is on her way)Dec 3, 2018 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Marduk, the angry criminal who missed leg day, and Armor King, the only wrestler unsporting enough to wear chainmail to a fight, are coming to Tekken 7 today. A third knuckle cruncher is also coming some time later: native American Julia Chang, who has undergone a redesign and is now an ecologically-concerned streamer. The new biffers were announced by director Katsuhiro Harada at the Tekken World Tour grand finals, the culminating contest of a year-long punchathon. Tekken is a perfectly sane game full of sensible people, and the sportsmanship on display at the grand finals was admirable as the world s best players fought for the champion s trophy. A panda won. (more…) All Tekken 7 season pass two characters confirmedDec 3, 2018 - EurogamerBandai Namco has announced all the remaining characters coming to Tekken 7 as part of its second season pass. Marduk and Armor King are available today, 3rd December, after being announced at the end of the Tekken World Tour 2018 finals tournament over the weekend. Here's the official blurb on Marduk (his trailer is below): Read more… Tekken 7 Debuts With More Players Than Street Fighter V's Launch on SteamJun 14, 2017 - GitHypEvery year casual and professional fighting game players come together to compete at the Evolution Championship Series (EVO). Thousands gather in Vegas and millions watch at home as champions are crowned for each of the fighting game community’s top games. EVO is one of the largest eSports events and with its fighting game tournament closing each year with Street Fighter, there has never been a question about which game is considered the favorite amongst the community. However, that might not be the case for much longer with the recent release of Tekken 7. The latest in the Tekken franchise recently debuted on Steam with a higher number of peak players than Street Fighter V’s launch. This month, Tekken 7 peaked at 18,743 players, while Street Fighter V’s debut in February 2016 peaked 28% lower at 14,155 players. [caption id="attachment_270927" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Tekken 7's Average Players per Hour on Steam via GitHyp[/caption] The playerbase differential is especially impressive given Tekken’s player base is split between PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One, while SFV is only available on PS4 and PC. Despite Tekken being the more technical of the two games, many Street Fighter veterans and newcomers have made the switch. Street Fighter V’s players have been critical of Capcom’s lack of communication and frequent server outages for maintenance and it seems Bandai Namco took notice with their first Tekken 7 patch and notes arriving only a week after launch. SFV has seen an 84% drop in players on Steam since its launch, but with EVO 2017 in only two months it might be too late for Tekken 7 to bring the fight for the top spot at the show. But, with continued support Tekken 7 could dethrone Street Fighter in 2018. Capcom still has an ace up their sleeve with the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite set for release later this year, however, Namco already has a counter for Marvel planned with the recently announced Dragon Ball FighterZ. Namco's DBZ debut at E3 2017 seems to already be winning over MVC fans, which isn't good news for Capcom.