During this past weekend's Evolution Championship Series (EVO) fighting game tournament Bandai Namco officially announced Tekken 7. This newest addition to the famed fighting franchise will be running on the "award winning Unreal Engine 4."
Tekken 7 was one of several games spotlighted at EVO, with the game's new trailer showcasing a few of the "ambitious technical feats" which the Unreal Engine 4 enables the talented development team on the Tekken 7 development team to accomplish.
According to a prepared statement we received from the Executive Producer and Game Director of the Tekken franchise for Bandai Namco Katsuhiro Harada:
The power and flexibility means that we can focus our efforts on making Tekken 7 the best possible game without worrying about spending time creating a stand-alone graphic engin. With Unreal Engine 4, we could rapidly achieve visual quality expected on next-gen platform and go beyond it. Not only is Unreal Engine 4 powerful and easy to use, but it allows us to immediately bring Tekken 7 to any platform we desire.
The Tekken 7 team at Bandai Namco is working very closely with the Epic Games engine group in Japan to ensure that the game makes the best use out of the Unreal Engine 4, delivering a true next generation fighting game. Harada's excitement isn't one-sided, with the Studio Head of Epic Games in Japan equally enthusiastic about the partnership.
The Tekken franchise is beloved and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with the talented team at Bandai Namco. This marriage is perfect - the most powerful engine in gaming along with one of the most enduring brands in fighting games. We have no doubt that these forces coming together will yield fantastic results.
Tekken 7 wasn't the only recently announced game to be running on the Unreal Engine 4. Crackdown, EVE: Valkyrie, and Fable Legends are just a few of the titles which will be running on the software developed by Epic Games. It was recently made available to the general public at the 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC) as a $19 a month subscription service.