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Tekken 7's new camera feature will let both players fight on the left

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The Tekken team is testing a new camera feature for the next game in the series, Tekken 7, that will introduce a seemingly small but important feature: Regardless of whether you're player one or player two, you can fight on the left-hand side of the screen. (Or the right. Your choice.)

Tekken 7 director and chief producer of the series Katsuhiro Harada showed off the new feature on Twitter today. In two-screen arcade setups for Tekken 7, players will be able to choose which side of the screen they prefer to fight on.

In most fighting games, player one defaults to the left-hand position in competitive play and in training modes. The option to choose your side could give players used to that experience a perceived advantage, or at least make them feel more comfortable fighting from the player one position.

Harada showed images of two players starting in the 1P position (and the 2P position) in a photo posted to Twitter.

Tekken 7 cam feature

Harada says the feature is being beta-tested right now — Tekken 7 has been location-tested in Japan — so it's unclear if the feature will make it into the final game. The option would obviously be limited to two-screen setups, like dual-monitor arcade machines and online matches.

Tekken 7's developer unveiled the game's latest fighter, Saudi Arabian character Shaheen, late last year. Shaheen will join newcomers Lucky Chloe, Claudio Serafino and Katarina Alves in the seventh major Tekken game. The one-on-one fighting game is being developed using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4.

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