Tekken 6 Won't Make It This Year?
Even though Tekken 6 officially has a "TBA 2008" release date, the game has all but disappeared from the public eye. Perhaps this is due to the overwhelming visibility of Street Fighter IV, which had prominent appearances at both E3 and the Leipzig Games Convention. But now, it seems the sixth installment of the long-running fighting franchise might not make it this year.
According to PSBeyond, the "Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion" upgrade was announced for the arcade version of the game. This is a great expansion that will toss in more stages, soundtracks, costumes, and even a few new characters. However, it won't hit the arcades until December, and considering Namco will want to implement these updates into the console version, Tekken 6 may likely not see the light of day until 2009. They just released Soul Calibur IV, so perhaps Namco is taking their time with their next fighter, although now, it seems the game may release at about the same time as Capcom's SFIV. Could we be looking at a clash of the titans in late February of next year? Or will Namco keep Tekken 6 in 2008, allowing gamers to add yet another title to their holiday wish list? We're not sure what the plan is - this is all speculation - but we'll keep a sharp eye out for official updates on the matter.
The fighting genre, which was once nearly flatlining in the industry, has experienced a resurrection that began with SCIV. With SFIV and Tekken 6 right around the corner, too, the new generation clearly has room for one of the original blockbuster genres.
Related Game(s): Tekken 6
8/28/2008 John Shepard