The lovable yet deadly combination of Kuma and Panda have been revealed in a new trailer for Tekken 7. The next entry in the legendary fighting series is scheduled for a console and PC release sometime next year.
Kuma (meaning “bear” in Japanese) was introduced in the first Tekken game, returning in Tekken 2 whilst Kuma II debuted in Tekken 3. Both Kumas were father and son to each other, serving as antagonist Heihachi Mishima’s bodyguards. The female Panda was introduced in Tekken 3, and both characters have featured in each Tekken game since. Both Kuma and Panda will be their own characters, each with their own individual Rage Arts.
As well as the returning Kuma and Panda, a new Online Tournament mode has also been announced for the console version of Tekken 7. This new mode will allow players to play with up to eight different players through online play. A spectator chat system will also be in place for the tournament mode.
As for the game itself, producer Katsuhiro Harada has stated that the Tekken 7’s story will tell a much darker tale than previous games, leaning towards the tone of Tekken 4. It has aso been confirmed that the long-running feud between the Mishima clan will be concluded in Tekken 7, between Heihachi, his son, Kazuya Mishima and grandson, Jin Kazama. The origins of the Devil Gene amongst other Tekken mysteries will also be resolved.
Tekken 7 is expected to release sometime early next year on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. An official date has yet to be confirmed, but it is rumoured to arrive in Q1/Q2 2017.