Where do we go from here?
Tekken 7 wrapped up its fourth season of content this week with the release of Lidia Sobieska, which now makes players wonder what the future of the fighting game has.
One fan in particular decided to go to the source to try to find the answer to whether Tekken 7 or Soul Calibur 6 will receive further DLC, and Katsuhiro Harada took the time to give them an answer on the matter.
Since he obviously is not going to announce a Tekken season 5 on Twitter by himself, the Bandai Namco boss gives a fairly open answer on how they have handled the game.
“Hi. First, our plan was to finish it in season 2, but it did not end in season 2 (the whole market has changed and tends to play the title longer than it used to be),”
First, our plan was to complete it in season 2, but it did not end in season 2 (the whole market has changed and tends to play the title longer than it used to be).
… So I do not know about the future. Https://t.co/gCVi9flSSS
– Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) March 27, 2021
With the Lidia release just a few days ago, it would be believable that a potential Season 5 would not be green-lit yet by the higher ups, although Harada certainly has a game plan for both scenarios.
Many felt from the start of season 4’s announcement that this last pass may be the last, as it contained fewer characters and content compared to the others with only two warriors, scenes and technically updated web code.
No matter what the next project is from the Tekken team, it is certainly quite far in the development phase, especially considering how relatively small season 4 was, although it all comes down to when Bamco decides to pull the trigger.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are available now, so we’re completely open to the next generation of fighting games to hit the stage, even though there have mostly only been ports so far.
Harada previously said in particular that new hardware arrivals are perhaps the best opportunity to sell more fighting games, as most major developers have switched to just releasing one new entry per console generation.
However, there is a good argument to be made to continue to support Tekken 7 with more content at the moment, as the game managed to reach 7 million copies sold with the last million all coming in the last 6 months.
People are still playing Tekken 7. People are still buying Tekken 7, so it would make sense if Bandai Namco wants to go out on a final season that Street Fighter 5 is currently running.
Soul Calibur 6s chances of receiving a third season are less likely to happen, but for a few reasons.
Unlike Tekken and Dragon Ball FighterZ, Bandai Namco has never said exactly how much the SC6 has managed to sell even two and a half years later, which is not exactly the most promising character.
We are currently almost four months removed from Hwang’s release as the last without much talk about the game. Bandai Namco even said earlier that Hwang would be the last character before withdrawing the statement
Not all of Bandai Namco’s most important fighting games have been announced on the horizon, so we’re pretty dark about whether the publisher is ready to continue or continue to support what’s here now.
Dragon Ball FighterZ was specifically mentioned for being scheduled for more balance updates this year, although they also did not say anything about content for it.
This also ties in a bit with other things Harada has talked about recently, including the difficulty of developing fighting games in the modern landscape, and how he does not think anyone can make a great fighting game for $ 10 million anymore.