IGN got the chance to speak with Tekken 7 director Katsuhiro Harada, and get a demonstration of upcoming DLC character Geese Howard. While it was Michael Murray playing the character (gameplay is embedded below), Harada took time to answer questions about the Fatal Fury character’s inclusion.
They first delved into how he differed mechanically. “Since he’s from King of Fighters (and also the Fatal Fury series), people that are familiar with those series will be able to dive right in,” explained Harada. “He’s basically a 2D character. As you can see, he’s got all these elements that help him match our game. Some things that might have stood out at first now seem more natural.”
Harada also compared Geese Howard to being similar to Akuma. “One of the things that are the same is that they have that stop/hit effect to the animations that make them look like their 2D counterparts. Same with Akuma, we didn’t receive any animations, we created everything you see from scratch.” Finally, Harada explained that they were initially concerned about Geese playing too similar to Akuma, but it wound up not being that way since Akuma can attack from a distance while Geese requires up-close combat.
Check out the new Tekken 7 Geese Howard gameplay, and interview with Katsuhiro Harada below:
Here’s what reviewer Paulmichael Contreras had to say about Tekken 7 when it released earlier this year:
Tekken 7 remains an addicting technical fighter that constantly beckons you for just one more round. There are so many moves for each character, mastering even one complete move set will take nothing less than complete dedication. While it doesn’t feel as though Namco Bandai has done much to innovate in the genre from the surface, those who prefer Tekken’s brand of fighting than those of Capcom’s or NetherRealm’s will be in for a treat. Fans of the series will feel right at home, while those looking to ease their way into the series will find a lot to chew on. All that being said, Tekken 7 is a formidable entry into the fighting genre, and will provide hundreds of hours of fun for fans and newcomers alike. Just be prepared to learn a lot of new stuff.
Geese Howard will be available in Tekken 7 as a downloadable character in winter 2017.