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The Pokemon fighting game won't play like Tekken (or feature Tekken characters)

Pokkén Tournament, the Pokémon fighting game in development at Bandai Namco with the involvement of the Tekken and Soulcalibur teams, may look like a Tekken game in some ways, but don't expect it to play like one, producer Katsuhiro Harada says.

On Twitter, Harada said that Pokkén Tournament won't have a high-mid-low guard mechanic like Tekken, but will explore new gameplay mechanics, according to tweets translated by EventHubs. The game also won't include Tekken fighters as guest characters.

Harada said the game's roster won't be limited to humanoid-style Pokémon. Responding to concerns that Pokémon Lucario and Machamp were representative of the characters we'd see in Pokkén Tournament, Harada said, "Technologically-speaking, we shouldn't face any problems in implementing whatever Pokemon we want."

Pokkén Tournament is just one of five projects that Harada says he's working on, including Tekken 7 and Tekken X Street Fighter. The Pokémon fighting game is coming to arcades sometime in 2015.

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