Tekken 7 Director Talks Interactive Cutscenes, Choosing New Fighters

June 24, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

When Tekken 7 launches in early 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, it will include a roster of over 30 characters, the Street Fighter cross-over character Akuma, new moves and battle mechanics like Rage Arts, Power Crushes, and Rage Drivers “that make gameplay more accessible for players of all skill levels,” and “cinematic story sequences blending flawlessly into fierce battles” as you make your way through the final chapter of the 20-year-long Mishima feud.

In a new article by the PlayStation Blog, they add that Tekken 7 features dynamic weather and destructible environment, as well as a dramatic slow down during battle when a fighter’s health is low. Additionally, at key moments during story mode, you’ll be required to make a quick decision in a cutscene to avoid receiving damage.

“We wanted to bring extra intensity without taking the player away from the fight, but also make the game even more fun to watch for when you’re not playing,” Director Katsuhiro Harada said of the interactive cutscenes.

As for the super-powered Rage mode attacks, Rage Drives are an attack which can also be used in a combo, resulting in increased damage. “Some Rage Drives can be more defensive than others,” Harada explains. “We’ve also made them harder to guess as they can be used in high, mid, and low ranges.”

Rage Art, meanwhile, is a finishing move designed to knock your foe down or, if their health is low enough, knock them out. “You can deliver massive damage, but only in proportion to how low your health is,” Harada adds. “So it can be a life-saver, but you really have to think about when you should use it.”

An armored attack that allows you to execute a move even when taking damage, Power Crush can turn the tide of battle if used properly. “Skilled players can use this to their advantage, but it won’t go so well for them if they try against low attacks or throws, so you can’t just power your way through each time,” Harada says.

In the roster of 30+ fighters, you’ll find new and returning characters. Showing off Katarina (Brazil), Claudio (Italy), Lucky Chloe (Japan), Josie (Philippines), and Shaheen (Saudi Arabia) at E3 2016, Harada explained how they go about picking newcomers:

We look at the total fan base and divide it into segments to work out what may appeal to certain audiences across the world, or other factors for example female fans, newcomers to the series, or higher end players.

Will you be getting Tekken 7 next year?

[Source: PS Blog]