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'Tekken 7 has gone on long enough' - Katsuhiro Harada gets questioned on the future of the fighting game series

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 23, 2021 at 3:21 p.m. PDT • Comments: 28

Tekken 7 managed to truly ring in a new era of competition that's continued to grow at a remarkable rate, which is now leaving the community at a bit of a crossroads.

On the newest episode of Harada's Bar, pro player DU|Gen came out and asked the Tekken director the question that's been on every fan's mind for a while "what is the future of the series?"

On the topic of new ideas and characters for whatever he's working on now, Katsuhiro Harada of course laughs and says that's the one question he can't answer, but he still offers up a very interesting quote instead.

"I can't answer, but there is one thing I can say. Tekken 7 has gone on long enough," said Harada in response.

If we were to take that statement at face value, that certainly sounds like Bandai Namco is moving on from the game though that may not end up being the case after all.

Harada goes on to tell the story about how Tekken 7 was originally planned to only receive two seasons of content. Sales were so strong, however, that they decided to keep asking the company to make more.

"Well, this has been going on for a very long time," said Harada. "It's really profitable even after the second year. Considering the development cost, the profit is massive. We recovered all of that development cost in the first two months of sales."

It's definitely easy to see that creating characters in an already established game system is way simpler and cheaper to make compared to something brand new, which fighting game and pretty much all developers have shifted towards this past console generation.

The face of Tekken's dev team doesn't say whether he's asked Bandai Namco to make a Season 5 for Tekken 7, but does pretty much imply that he could make it happen if that's what they want to do.

"If I asked the president if I can make the next one, he definitely couldn't say 'no' to me," said Harada.

Moving on to the subject of when international offline events will start becoming the norm again, Harada believes the earliest we'll see them is the end of 2021 while next year will hopefully be more so the way things were before.

The Tekken Online Challenge is starting back up next month and a new balance patch is dropping in just a few days, so support for the current game isn't done yet in those regards at least.

You can check out Harada and Gen's full conversation below, and let us know what you think the director's statement means in the comments.

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