Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada unveiled first details on his next fighting game, Tekken 7, at a San Diego Comic-Con panel today.
Tekken 7's plot will have a "very detailed background story" and serve as the conclusion of the Mishima clan saga, Harada said through his translator. The game will apparently answer why Heihachi is trying to kill his grandson, why Hiehachi threw Kazuya off of a cliff, who Devil Jin is and other Tekken mysteries.
"We're still formulating the basic gameplay systems and polishing them," Harada said, explaining that he didn't have many details to share about Tekken 7's mechanics. He did say that Tekken 7 will feature one-on-one battles, not team-based battles as in the Tekken Tag series.
Tekken 7 will feature the character designs of seven guest artists, including Mari Shimazaki (Bayonetta), Yusuke Kozaki (Fire Emblem Awakening, No More Heroes), Ninnin (Duel Masters, Cardfight!! Vanguard) and Kenichiro Yoshimura (Max Anarchy/Anarchy Reigns).
Harada also confirmed that Lars from Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion will return, as redesigned by Ninnin.
Director Shinji Aramaki, whose work includes the Appleseed series, Space Pirate Captain Harlock and Halo Legends, is directing Tekken 7's opening pre-rendered cinematic. Aramaki also worked on the animated feature Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
Aramaki was in attendance at the panel and expressed his desire to have characters from Appleseed appear in Tekken 7.
Bandai Namco Games announced Tekken 7 during last month's Evo fighting game tournament in Las Vegas. The game is the first new numbered entry since 2007's Tekken 6. It's being developed with Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4.