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 has players wondering what the future of the fighting game holds.
One fan in particular decided to go to the source to try and find an answer on whether Tekken 7 or Soul Calibur 6 will receive additional DLC, and Katsuhiro Harada took the time to give them an answer on that.
Since he’s obviously not going to announce a Tekken Season 5 on Twitter himself, the head of Bandai Namco gives a pretty open answer on how they’ve been handling the game.
“Hello. First, our plan was to complete it in season 2, but it did not end in season 2 (the whole market has changed to tend to play the title longer than it used to be),” Harada wrote. On twitter. “… So I don’t know about the future.”
Our plan was to complete it in Season 2 at first, but it didn’t end in Season 2 (the entire market has changed to tend to play the title longer than it used to be).
… So I don’t know about the future.https: //t.co/gCVi9flSSS
– Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) March 27, 2021
With the release of Lidia just a few days ago, it would be credible if the higher ups still didn’t give the green light to a possible season 5, although Harada surely has a game plan for either scenario.
Many felt from the beginning of the season 4 announcement that this latest pass could be the last as it featured fewer characters and content compared to the others with just two fighters, stages, and technically the updated network code.
Whatever the Tekken team’s next project is, it’s almost certainly well advanced in the development phase, especially given how relatively small Season 4 was, though it will all come down to when Bamco decides to pull the trigger.
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are out now, so we’re completely open to the next generation of fighting games arriving on the scene, although there have only been ports so far.
Harada specifically said in the past that the arrival of new hardware is perhaps the best opportunity to sell more fighting games, as most of the mainstream developers have switched to releasing only one new entry per console generation.
However, there is a good case to continue supporting Tekken 7 with more content for now, as the game managed to reach 7 million copies sold and that last million came in the last 6 months or so.
People are still playing Tekken 7. People are still buying Tekken 7, so it would make sense if Bandai Namco wanted to come out in a final season like the one Street Fighter 5 is currently putting together.
Soul Calibur 6’s prospects of receiving a third season are less likely, though 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 sign.
We are currently almost four months away from Hwang’s release as the last without much talk about the game. Bandai Namco even previously said that Hwang would be the last character before retracting that statement.
All of Bandai Namco’s major fighting games have nothing announced on the horizon, so we don’t know if the publisher is ready to move on or continue to support what’s here now.
It was specifically mentioned that Dragon Ball FighterZ was planned for more balance updates this year, though they didn’t say anything about the content, either.
This also ties in a bit to other things Harada has been talking about recently, including the difficulties of developing fighting games in the modern landscape and how he doesn’t think anyone can make a great $ 10 million fighting game.