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Can Tekken 7 dominate the eSports scene?

Harada has teased us by stating that “2017 will be the year of Tekken,” and with a huge Tekken world tour being planned for next year it’s hard not to get excited by what’s in store for the franchise.

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Tekken is one of the biggest names in fighting game history, selling millions of copies worldwide; however when it comes to being a huge name in the world of eSports the game seems to have taken a backseat over the years whilst rival franchises have taken the forefront.

This ends with Tekken 7.

Brand new gameplay mechanics which have been added to Tekken 7 are a strong move by Katsuhiro Harada and the team, and they will definitely play a big role in Tekken’s path to dominating eSports. Since their reveal, rage arts and rage drive have been a constant talking point, and although they were met with some skepticism upon their initial announcement, mechanics like these are enabling Tekken 7 to enter a whole new realm of play; players now need to account for these new mechanics which instantly add another level of strategic play. New features such as these are what helps set Tekken 7 aside from its previous installments, and allows the latest release to feel fresh and innovative.

The new gameplay mechanics add a whole new level of excitement to the game, not only to those playing but to those watching as well; being able to generate an enjoyable viewer experience is key to being successful in eSports. The addition of ‘slow-motion’ is another example; this particular mechanic is visually appealing to both the player and the audience, and it’s features like this, paired with rage arts, which enables Tekken 7 to appeal to a wider audience.

I’ve watched and competed in a handful of Tekken 7: FR tournaments and new gameplay mechanics like these are what makes the game feel as if it’s geared more towards eSports. The added unpredictability introduced to the game is what’s keeping it exciting for the player, as well as keeping the spectators indulged.

Harada has teased us by stating that “2017 will be the year of Tekken,” and with a huge Tekken world tour being planned for next year it’s hard not to get excited by what’s in store for the franchise. The fact that Tekken 7 is not only generating extremely exciting gameplay for the player, but for those watching as well will be a key factor in its success in the world of eSports.

Do you think Tekken 7 has what it takes to dominate the eSports scene?

Advocate of the Tekken community and self-proclaimed Queen of the Iron Fist Tournament, gaming has been a main hobby of Zoë's since she was a kid. Her favorite genres are fighting and action/adventure. Her other passions include football (soccer - Liverpool FC to be exact!), fashion, music, and eating far too much pizza! Lastly, one name for you - Nina Williams.

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