Tekken is an iconic, enduring franchise. But it seems the franchise's head honcho might be stepping away from the series to focus on fresh projects. New IPs, maybe?

In a recent 4Gamer interview (as translated by Siliconera ), Katsuhiro Harada says he's currently working on multiple titles, and he might actually unveil "two or three" of them this year. However, interestingly enough, it's "unlikely" that any of them will be a new Tekken .

Harada also implied that these new projects will be free-to-play titles, a model in which he clearly believes. As for the legendary fighting franchise, Harada had this to say:

"Tekken is one of my life's works, and while I can't say much here, together with the titles we were going to announce this year, I'm also working on several other titles simultaneously with Tekken. From there, I'd like to announce at least two of those titles in 2014, and I feel that it's something I must do."

The clarification came a little later on Harada's Twitter page :

"Probably I'll announce New 2 or 3 titles in this year. But it's not Tekken. Tekken announcement = secret now."

Namco Bandai released free-to-play iterations of Tekken and SoulCalibur in 2013 for the PlayStation 3, and it seems the publisher wishes to continue down that path. What do you think about free-to-play fighters? And what do you think Harada and Co. are working on?

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Temjin001
Temjin001
6 years ago

Please don't be a KINECT game.

….so does a Kinect version of Tekken now make it a sport? hmmmm hhmmmmmmm?


Last edited by Temjin001 on 1/2/2014 11:39:55 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

lol, I was going to say maybe he could begin to resurrect the beat em up genre and I would totally be on board until "Free to play" That model makes most people just write it off.

FatherSun
FatherSun
6 years ago

Free to Play reminds me of restaurants that have employees stand out front with free samples. You try it, you like it, you go on for more. Or just keep walking and enjoy the free snack. Some people spit it out!

Tekken-X-StreetFighter? What happened to that game?