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Seriously, what is up with Tekken 7's Originals Edition and Definitive Edition pricing?

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • November 23, 2021 at 12:15 p.m. PST • Comments: 29

This morning, Bandai Namco announced a couple of complete editions of Tekken 7 that are available now, but the internet doesn't seem too thrilled with them. What should be an exciting reveal met with joyous response — especially by those who have been biding their time, waiting to get in on the game — was met with a lot of head scratches and perplexity due to the products' price tags.

Fans are now able to purchase the Tekken 7 Originals Edition and Tekken 7 Definitive Edition, which includes most of the DLC fighters and all of the DLC fighters, respectively, but each one also comes with a surprisingly high price. The Originals Edition will run you $99.99 on consoles, while the Definitive Edition costs a whopping $119.99, and fans are feeling like these prices don't quite hit the mark of what a "complete" edition is supposed to be.

Now, before we get into the specifics of Tekken 7's Originals and Definitive Editions, let's talk about how and why a video game's complete edition is typically released.

Modern titles that see continued support for a window of time after their official release sometimes see a final version of the game released after all downloadable content has finished being launched and fully run its course. These commonly come in the form of "Game of the Year" editions for major games, and in the fighting game space they usually have a new version name added to the title so consumers know that this is the big, definitive release.

Complete editions notably include the base game and usually all of the main DLC that was purchasable during the content support lifespan, and these final packages typically come in at a lower price point than it would have cost to buy everything individually when it originally saw its release. This is a way to entice fans who may have waited to pick up the game into joining the fight with a great deal, and I generally always see these editions as a bit of a last hurrah and opportunity for game developers to not only get a bit more money out of their product, but to also make things easier and get the entirety of a title wrapped up neatly in one package.

The Tekken 7 Originals Edition and Definitive Edition seem to be the game's "complete" editions, with the latter being the real complete version of the game. However, Bandai Namco has made some... interesting choices on this front.

Confusion from fans started out when the company revealed the Tekken 7 Legendary Edition late last month. This package, which is only available in the EU region, brought about a new release of the game with fresh box art that came packed with the base game and some of the DLC characters, not all of them.

Essentially, those who snatched up the Legendary Edition would be getting 36 launch characters and 8 previously released DLC characters who hailed from past Tekken games. Armor King, Anna Williams, Marduk, Julia, Lei, Zafina, Ganryu, and Kunimitsu are all a part of this edition, but noticeably absent are the game's newcomers and all third party guest characters (aside from Street Fighter's Akuma who is a part of the base roster).

Bandai Namco was careful in noting that this wasn't necessarily a "complete edition," but it still felt weird as buyers would be getting some content from every season pass, not all of it, and would have to go in and individually purchase anything they were missing. The asking price for Tekken 7's Legendary Edition was only roughly $35 USD, which isn't bad at all, but still, this release left the community a bit puzzled.

Today's announcement brought about the actual complete edition fans were hoping for, but in order to get it you'll have to pay a sizeable amount of money. Even before that, though, the Originals Edition is another buying option for Tekken 7 that adds four more characters than its EU counterpart.

Eliza, Leroy Smith, Fahkumram and Lidia Sobieska all come included in the Originals Edition, but the price difference here is astounding. For these four extra characters, you're basically paying an extra $65 over what the Legendary Edition costs, and the Originals doesn't even come as a physical release with the new box art — it's digital only.

Now, the Tekken 7 Definitive Edition looks to be exactly that, and it costs $119.99 USD. Needless to say, fans looking to get the entire game with all main DLC aren't going to be jumping at the chance to do so with a price that high.

In Bandai Namco's defense, the base game on Steam is currently $39.99 USD, and each of its four accompanying season passes range between $14.99 and $29.99 each. If you hopped onto the platform and bought the base game and all season passes individually, you'd be spending $134.95, so the Definitive Edition will save you just about $25 — since the Definitive and Originals Edition are $10 less on Steam than they are on consoles.

That having been said, Tekken 7 has been out on consoles for over six years now — and even longer in arcades — and asking fans to pay over $100 for a game that old is a tall order.

Looking at complete editions from other current major fighting games, we see much smaller asking prices.

Take Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, for example. The game's list price on Steam is $29.98, and this package includes all DLC characters up through season 4, 34 stages, and 200 costumes.

If you want the absolute definitive version of Street Fighter 5, you can bundle Champion Edition and the Season 5 Season Pass together for a list price of $69.97, and it's also worth noting that Street Fighter 5 still hasn't fully concluded its DLC releases for Season 5 — we'll be seeing the game's final fighter, Luke, released this month.

NetherRealm Studios' Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate packages the base game and all of its DLC together into one title, and this includes the last batch of characters — Mileena, Rambo, and Rain. You can buy this complete edition for a list price of $59.99 USD on Steam right now.

The Tekken 7 Originals Edition and Definitive Edition prices are certainly a tough pill to swallow, but this isn't the first time we've seen content prices like these from the company. When Bandai Namco's Dragon Ball FighterZ first released back in January 2018, one of the purchase options included the first FighterZ pass and had the same price tag as Tekken 7's Definitive Edition.

DBFZ's Ultimate Edition was the base game and eight additional characters, but even with that, it's very different to ask that much for brand new content than it is to ask that for a game and DLC that's already seen a solid shelf life.

I'm not quite sure what's going on here with Tekken 7 Originals Edition and Definitive Edition's pricing, but it has definitely taken fans aback and seems like a tall order for a game as old as this one. I can't help but feel like players are just going to wait even longer until the Definitive Edition goes on sale before trying to pick it up, but we'll just have to wait and see how things shake out.

What do you think about Tekken 7's new editions and their pricing? Let us know in the comments below.

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