Tekken 7 DLC to feature 'special characters', no classic characters to be added this way

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • February 15, 2017 at 1:40 p.m. PST

Katsuhiro Harada, the producer of the Tekken series, has previously clarified that Tekken 7: Fated Retribution will not be adding any classic characters to the game post-launch, at least not as paid DLC.

What does this mean for DLC characters, though? Michael Murray, one of the game's designers, took to Twitter to answer this very question without giving too much away.

You can find his tweet below.

What exactly is a "special character", you ask? Well, we can't answer that one yet. Let us know your theories in the comments.

Thanks to ZHZ90 for sending this our way.

Comments

FightDirty said on February 15, 2017 at 1:42 p.m.

Yes! Awesome!

inb4: "Eeeewwwww, guest characters are icky and yukky!"

#1
robot_mauk said on February 15, 2017 at 1:43 p.m.

#Gon2017

#2
malcrash01 said on February 15, 2017 at 1:43 p.m.

Either a new character or another Street Fighter character?

#3
downvote said on February 15, 2017 at 1:44 p.m.

Google Translate got me these.

Tough to Answer: "Yeah they are previous characters."

Gonna be pretty hype about it: "Yup, they are previous characters."

#4
NyuBomber said on February 15, 2017 at 1:45 p.m.

Screams "guest characters" to me.

Playable Snoop Dogg incoming.

#5
2nd_striker said on February 15, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.

Conor mcgregor? Do it!!!

#6
malcrash01 said on February 15, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.

Can the guest characters be from Soul Calibur or... Virtua Fighter!?!?

#7
RokoJono said on February 15, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.

tekken will save us all. well thats if you like tekken, not everyone who likes games such as SF is gonna like it, but i see its charm. plus asuka is best

#8
RAYG2000 said on February 15, 2017 at 1:50 p.m.

What does street fighter have to do with liking tekken or not?

#9
Fethennour said on February 15, 2017 at 1:50 p.m.

Tekken is love, Tekken is life. :)

#10
Zephyrus said on February 15, 2017 at 1:50 p.m.

probably guest characters

or Jun and Kunimitsu

#11
Assassin4than said on February 15, 2017 at 1:51 p.m.

RIP Anna Williams and Kunimitsu. Not sure about TEKKEN going with guest characters since DoA already has Virtua Fighter and King of Fighters.

I guess Tekken has Street fighter so they can add Soul calibur as well.

#12
ThisLateGamer said on February 15, 2017 at 1:54 p.m.

I think that if this is going to be the Final Tekken game, every character that is in the main story must be in the game and finally confirm if Jun is still alive. Her status in the main story has been left unanswered for years. Playable or not, this is the perfect time to answer it.

#13
downvote said on February 15, 2017 at 1:56 p.m.

You are incorrect!

Tekken has always been about VOLCANOES!

And throwing Mishimas in them.

#14
RokoJono said on February 15, 2017 at 2 p.m.

i was making a comparison simply saying not everyone likes tekken even though many think it will make the fgc great. my apologies... let me rephrase for you since you think im attacking some group of people for some reason...

not everyone who likes sf, marvel, gg, bb, mk, injustice, mb, ki, smash, doa, vf, sc, sg may like tekken. are you happy? i mean you dont want to deny that some people dont like tekken even though they enjoy fighting games, but almost everything theyre doing (aside from taking forever to release the damn game) is going pretty smoothly with fans.

#15
Blackoshinomi said on February 15, 2017 at 2:01 p.m.

If Akuma a hint at guess characters coming to tekken we might see more street fighter characters coming...

I wouldn't even be surprise if chun li is put in ! I always thought Karin would be pretty sick in tekken for obvious reasons LOL

Hope someone from Soul calibur gets put in or someone from a tales of game gets put in ...

(And Harada said classic characters won't be DLC) Meaning if he add more classic characters they will be free dlc ....

#16
CODYYY said on February 15, 2017 at 2:01 p.m.

what happened to no DLC?

#17
DeePhenom said on February 15, 2017 at 2:01 p.m.

Ya'll should hire a Tekken editor to the team because sometimes ya'll be late on news. I elect FlyingWonkey!!

#18
Abbadon36 said on February 15, 2017 at 2:01 p.m.

DLC Tekken X Street Fighter confirmed
... and I am ok with that

#19
LightSpdAeon said on February 15, 2017 at 2:01 p.m.

It isn't.

#20
CODYYY said on February 15, 2017 at 2:02 p.m.

If they add more street fighter characters then you know for a fact TxSF is cancelled and they are just using the used assets for this game on capcoms permissions.

chun li is the most likely next character for tekken IF they are adding more SF chars.

#21
masquedmonk said on February 15, 2017 at 2:03 p.m.

If it isn't Tekken characters, then it's either SF characters or maybe the other weirdos that lost to Eliza in that TR voting contest.

I personally know someone who was uld be hype for a flopping fish, lol.

I think SF characters though. Tell me ya'll wouldn't get hype if Sagat popped up.

#22
SeriphAngel said on February 15, 2017 at 2:03 p.m.

Special characters could also mean unrelated or even merely for laugh characters. So there is still hope for classics but I will wait to see what special actually means. If I had to guess I would say Chun and Ryu since they were already in the works prior to the start of Tekken 7.

#23
arse said on February 15, 2017 at 2:03 p.m.

Sagat, for the laugh.

#24
CaptainHowdy said on February 15, 2017 at 2:04 p.m.
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#25
blazebwoy said on February 15, 2017 at 2:06 p.m.

Well Namco did just do a crappy Power Rangers game,I won't be surprised in promotion of the new movie,one of the special characters is Power Rangers related.
Personally I'm hoping for a Shonen Jump character since Namco holds most of the rights.

#26
RandomSelectMaster said on February 15, 2017 at 2:07 p.m.

Guest characters and new characters... cool.

#27
Travis2310 said on February 15, 2017 at 2:10 p.m.

(This user was banned.)

#28
TheTHCGamer said on February 15, 2017 at 2:13 p.m.

Why would anyone say that wgen hardly anyone complained about the inclusion of Akuma? I think most fans of tekken are fine with this.

#29
AngriestAngryArtist said on February 15, 2017 at 2:22 p.m.

"(And Harada said classic characters won't be DLC) Meaning if he add more classic characters they will be free dlc ...."

You forgot to put the word "MAYBE"

Maybe classic characters will be added as free DLC.

#30
AngriestAngryArtist said on February 15, 2017 at 2:25 p.m.

Seriously? stop saying a company is lazy with designs when you don't like the design.

They're not lazy, they just didn't make a design to your liking!

#31
Heta said on February 15, 2017 at 2:34 p.m.

HELL YEAH LET'S GO TEKKEN 7! Can't wait to see them I'm sure I will love them :D!! Harada and Murray and previous games have never let me down so I have nothing to worry about yup.

Personally wishing one special character is Taki but knowing Namco it's going to be something better damn I'm getting giddy.

#32
ArcadeRobot said on February 15, 2017 at 2:42 p.m.

I need my Lei Wulong!! I've been using him as my my main character since TEKKEN 3!!!

#33
HyperViperNZ said on February 15, 2017 at 2:45 p.m.

I just need my Zafina. She was the only character that appealed to me. Her weird ass, unique fighting style was intriguing as hell.

#34
NeoGeoKitsune said on February 15, 2017 at 2:51 p.m.

Blanka for DLC, 'nuff said (I'm not joking, I genuinely want him in Tekken 7)

#35
ChoppedInHaaalf said on February 15, 2017 at 2:53 p.m.

Any classic Tekken characters will be free DLC. So these will either be new or guest.

#36
ChoppedInHaaalf said on February 15, 2017 at 2:56 p.m.

There's no maybe about it. Harada has already said this. LOL ;) (Sorry I know that's your line)

#37
SunaharaRaja said on February 15, 2017 at 3:01 p.m.

put Cammy in T7 GoldenKappa

#38
CaptainHowdy said on February 15, 2017 at 3:09 p.m.

I'll say it again. It's lazy and not memorable like the other characters

#39
daisetsu said on February 15, 2017 at 3:14 p.m.

unless theyre unlockable in game like SFV, dont really care.

#40
Phtm_Miria said on February 15, 2017 at 3:17 p.m.

Put Cammy in Tekken 7 and I'll buy two copies of the game on day 1.
No Kappa.

#41
SpadeHand said on February 15, 2017 at 3:17 p.m.

In b4 Cole McGrath

#42
Combo_Knight said on February 15, 2017 at 3:20 p.m.

Keep your trash waifu in SF.

#43
LeonX said on February 15, 2017 at 3:27 p.m.

And I'm already beyond satisfied with Eliza!!! Harada > Ono

#44
JuriIsBae said on February 15, 2017 at 3:28 p.m.

Inb4 another street fighter character. like Dan :^)

#45
streetman88 said on February 15, 2017 at 3:29 p.m.

If Chun-Li gets put in, there sales of this game is gonna go through the roof as she would bring in more SF players than even Akuma imo (myself included).

#46
rabadaglan said on February 15, 2017 at 3:31 p.m.

Repede in tekken 7 when?

#47
MercWitDaMouth said on February 15, 2017 at 3:33 p.m.

This sounds like Tekken X SF might just be an expansion to Tekken 7. Where you basically pay for the SF side of the cast separately. This would realistically be the best way to launch the game.

Later on releasing a retail version of the game with everything on one disc/download.

#48
AngriestAngryArtist said on February 15, 2017 at 3:36 p.m.

All harada confirms is the one you gotta pay for won't include the classics.

that's why even the original article mentioned it.

http://www.itechpost.com/articles/784...

:D

#49
AngriestAngryArtist said on February 15, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.

Hey I can't stop you if you want to be stupid *shrug*

#50
kn said on February 15, 2017 at 3:52 p.m.

More SF characters probably.

Sakura and Sagat.

This way they can still test TxSF tech, it's familiar with people, they'll get a lot of people getting the DLC, it'll further bridge the gap between the two series and it would be dope. Besides that, in a previous interview Harada made a comment about potentially needing DLC if he needs something from another company so it makes sense given Akuma.

Also TxSF yeah I've been saying it since it was announced that it would be an expansion to the next Tekken title.

#51
Opulence said on February 15, 2017 at 3:54 p.m.

Jesus H Christ, Just add Lei already!

#52
FightDirty said on February 15, 2017 at 4:03 p.m.

Because usually when there's talk of guest characters in a game folks come out of the woodwork complaining about how they hate guest characters & how guest characters steal slots from established characters in that universe. I'm just getting ahead of the curve.

#53
spliffy_baz said on February 15, 2017 at 4:06 p.m.

Tekken Sakura?

#54
ZHZ90 said on February 15, 2017 at 4:13 p.m.

Never lose hope for Ingrid for season 3.

#55
Byzantine_Mage said on February 15, 2017 at 4:20 p.m.

No more 2d characters. Guests from DOA or VF would be really welcome additions to the game. Pai Chan vs Xiaoyu?! Yes, please!

#56
Horseman_JD said on February 15, 2017 at 4:25 p.m.

Imagine Akira from VF?

Would lose my sh*t

#57
WaifuFightersII said on February 15, 2017 at 4:32 p.m.

If its guest characters I'm all for it, if its brand new then no buy.

Tekken takes a lot of knowledge for 1 character with the many many combos and matchups, its not DOA or Mahvel with its simpler and fun mechanics. Atleast with guest characters some of their mechanics work in different games like Virtual Fighter in DOA5 gameplay.

#58
ShinHayato said on February 15, 2017 at 4:32 p.m.

So, if Anna, Julia/Jaycee, Armor King and Roger Jr don't appear until June, means that they won't have any chance? Even with DLC? This isn't good news for me. To the netherrealm with guest characters = /

#59
Endless_X_Chaos said on February 15, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.

well they did add miguel finally, so i have to buy.

#60
UltraGojira said on February 15, 2017 at 5:03 p.m.

Nah, they'll be in the game before launch. With 1 exception

#61
Phtm_Miria said on February 15, 2017 at 5:06 p.m.

I don't know. Tekken waifus are objectively pretty garbage on average, I think it's high time for Street Fighter to send aid on that front with real waifu material.

#62
UltraGojira said on February 15, 2017 at 5:13 p.m.

You're calling Julia, Nina, Kat, Anna, and Christie not waifu material? Ha!

#63
XxAngelChunLixX said on February 15, 2017 at 5:16 p.m.

Immediately, my head is just telling me the same characters who were DLC in Tag 2.

But naturally my heart is telling me:
Chun-Li
Makoto (would be PERFECT)
Karin
Poison
Rose because she would be extra gorgeous!!

#64
downvote said on February 15, 2017 at 5:18 p.m.

Your choices are sh** tier.

Where's Lili and Asuka scrub.

#65
Galletano said on February 15, 2017 at 5:22 p.m.

Who's that "special character"?

It's Pikachu!

#66
UltraGojira said on February 15, 2017 at 5:23 p.m.

Lili?! That toothpick? Hell no. That's like saying Xiao is hot.

#67
Phtm_Miria said on February 15, 2017 at 5:37 p.m.

Nina is what Cammy would look like if she was ugly and old!

COME AT ME IF YOU DARE!

#68
heidern98 said on February 15, 2017 at 5:55 p.m.

Maybe a robust make your own character mode, and to show it off in some goofy trailer, they will have a copy of ryu getting owned or something like this(would be easy to convert with an akuma special gauge I guess, not sure havent played the game). Either way I hope it pleases Tekken fans

#69
UltraGojira said on February 15, 2017 at 5:57 p.m.

Old? Ugly? FOH!
http://68.media.tumblr.com/3b0dde5126...

#70
BlackMasamune said on February 15, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Mr. Karate incoming.

#71
raymk said on February 15, 2017 at 6:07 p.m.

No such thing as the real Raven. She's just as real as the other one. No different than different armor kings for real. Just face it, you don't like female characters.

Cause how exactly is saying this Raven isn't memorable when she just debuted? People thought Raven was a blade ripoff and they critiqued him to. But low and behold people like him now.

#72
LeonX said on February 15, 2017 at 6:18 p.m.

Hope Ono here ya!

#73
GiMiX said on February 15, 2017 at 6:28 p.m.

Mayhaps special characters are characters with specials like Akuma? Tekken X Street fighter? Cuz let's be honest at this rate we wouldn't get that game before 2020.

A guest character from each major fighting game could also be friggin awesome.

#74
GiMiX said on February 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

I think our friend has adopted a certain cultures views on sexuality. Where 15 is the womans peak.

#75
iimeaniiguess said on February 15, 2017 at 6:31 p.m.

TALK

#76
iimeaniiguess said on February 15, 2017 at 6:36 p.m.

Bruh regal is the real mvp

#77
StriderSpinel said on February 15, 2017 at 6:54 p.m.

Tekken x Street fighter to be DLC for Tekken 7? that would be something.

#78
slambros said on February 15, 2017 at 7:11 p.m.

If returning characters like Anna and Bruce are free and 'special characters' are DLC, then that's a cool thing.

#79
LarsMasters said on February 15, 2017 at 8:48 p.m.

Ryu should fit as the last Street Fighter guest to have vital role to get Akuma back to his world.

Jun (despite has high demand to return to main title since TTT2 (with some twists), what if her return becoming twisted again, similar to Siegfried in SCII?), Kunimitsu, Roger Sr. (part of redemption), Julia/Jaycee, Lei, Zafina, Christie, other than Dummy-Jins (other than Mokujin + as replacements for TTT2 Combots) are highly important oldies to be return

#80
NM_Flamez said on February 15, 2017 at 10:33 p.m.

"Too many chefs". Its not the last game, Its just the final chapter of the Mishima saga i.e Kazuya vs Heihachi.

I strongly disagree that "everyone should be brought back from the main story. It just makes the previously story redundant. Jin would have gone through all that just for his mother to be alive after all. Thats stupid.

That being said, Im not against Jun being in Tekken 7. Not every playable character needs to have a canon story and vice versa.

#81
XxAngelChunLixX said on February 15, 2017 at 11:35 p.m.

And @13

But Jun isn't dead. It's been confirmed multiple times.

#82
NM_Flamez said on February 16, 2017 at 1:44 a.m.

Yh youre right. She initally was, according to the Tekken 3 booklet, but then Namco went out of there way to say that she wasn't to which I thought was a major cop out.

It hurts the story the keep bringing back characters becuase then no one else loses and things just get repetitve.

Imagine that both Kazuya and Heihachi both return in Tekken 8. Than this all whole 'Last Mishima chapter' would made redundant.

Again, there is no problem having playable characters not in the story. DOA do it.

#83
Honeyman said on February 16, 2017 at 5:14 a.m.

Even though there will be a DLC element with this one, I'm glad Harada and his team are keeping the classic characters FOC. It must be hard to convince the company execs to allow this but given he has steered the franchise on a successful path for the last few installments, perhaps they are forward-thinking and respect his input?

In any case it keeps fans happy and therefore we will continue to support the series.

#84
ZafinaPrince said on February 16, 2017 at 7:37 a.m.

I'm fed up on waiting for ZAFINA... i dont understand why they would create an original/unique character such as Zafina for Tekken 6 and then completely discard her for Tekken 7. It makes no sense... every other newcomer Tekken 6 character is in Tekken 7 (Bob, Leo, Lars, Alisa, Miguel) but Zafina isn't... thats EXTREMELY unfair... if she doesnt make it to Tekken 7 then i wont be buying the game !

#85
iidesuyo said on February 16, 2017 at 7:53 a.m.

Everyone's been clamoring for him since Tekken 3, please let it be GON!

#86
UltraGojira said on February 16, 2017 at 8:33 a.m.

Besides being unpopular, she offended the Middle Eastern fans. So Harada created Shaheen to rectify the issue.

#87
Heta said on February 16, 2017 at 10:13 a.m.

Whaaaat???! Is that a fact?

#88
ZafinaPrince said on February 16, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.

Shaheen is not a replacement for Zafina.. 1) he is saudi arabian whilst she is Egyptian. 2) his fighting style is completely different to Zafina.. replacements are for example, josie rizal who has same fighting style as bruce or gigas who fights like Marduk. Also Miguel and raven are both unpopular and they have returned in tekken 7.....

#89
jecolandia said on February 16, 2017 at 10:49 a.m.

¡¡PLS HARADA PUT ZAFINA IN THE GAME ALREADY!!

#90
UltraGojira said on February 16, 2017 at 10:56 a.m.

Actually, Harada keeps jumping around her nationality. His latest statement was "probably Egypt". Who knows what it could be now. Well, not that it matters anymore.

Unfortunately, Miguel is pretty high up on the usage lists on Tag 2. However, you're right about Raven being unpopular. So they made MR because boobs make anything better, don't you know? I mean it worked for Christie.

#91
NM_Flamez said on February 16, 2017 at 11:11 a.m.

To casuals, Eddy Gordo is one of the most popular characters in the entire series. He is far more well known than Christie.

Also, how is Raven unpopular...? And actually they made Master Raven because 1. Raven was always part of an organization and 2. Tekken lacked a black female. (This info is from a Harada interview).

#92
UltraGojira said on February 16, 2017 at 11:35 a.m.

I'm not saying Christie is more popular than Eddy (though she did make it over him in TR).

As for Raven, people found him weak. Hence why he has a low usage. And come on now. You actually believe what Harada said?

#93
Nynja853 said on February 16, 2017 at 1:11 p.m.

He better speak Thai if he appears in tekken.

#94
ZafinaPrince said on February 16, 2017 at 1:51 p.m.

Zafina is Egyptian: harada confirmed it. So there's no point debating that.

Miguel is not popular, i've played TT2 ever since 2012 and his usage is very very low.. also requests for him to return were very low.. this proved that he is unpopular. Yet Harada included him in T7. Therefore this gives me hope that Zafina could make it.

Also Raven is unpopular and he too has been added to T7.. its nothing to do with MR having boobs... the bottom line is: she has the same fighting style as Raven and therefore still possesses his 'unpopular fighting style'

So with both Miguel and Raven being added.. why can't Zafina?
If Miguel has a stupid storyline of killing Jin to avenge his sister (which will never happen) can enter T7.. then i am sure they can give Zafina a storyplot involving stopping Eliza or Akuma from doing evil or something...

#95
Vasculio said on February 16, 2017 at 2:50 p.m.

Bring back Devil in all his Tekken Tag 1 glory!

#96
VegetaBOOM said on February 16, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.

8 SF4 characters has always been my prediction for DLC characters in this game.
Cammy, Bison, Blanka, Ryu, Sagat, Honda, Chun, Gief

#97
NM_Flamez said on February 17, 2017 at 4:20 a.m.

Are a troll? This is Tekken 7. Not Tekken x Street Fighter. Akuma is enough. Another character maybe. But they shouldnt go too far with these crossovers.

#98


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