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New Tekken 7 Game Modes trailer provides huge “in your face” clues about The Mishima Saga

These clues are so in your face that you probably didn’t even recognize them.

Bandai Namco released a new 5-minute Tekken 7 Game Modes trailer earlier today and it was packed with loads of information. There is so much to digest that you may not catch everything even after a few views. Personally, I’m taking it all in segment by segment, and the first thing I’ve tackled is Story Mode.

There were quite a few meaty details in this trailer related to The Mishima Saga. And even though the trailer is in Japanese, there were enough clues from the visuals to kind of figure out what may be going on. None of the things shown were random, but had real significance.

Keep in mind, this is all my opinion. With that out of the way, let’s jump into it.

Note: All images can be clicked to see a larger image.

UPDATE: Some recent tweets from the Tekken Twitter confirm the things below, along with English subtitles.

Chapters and Character Episodes

The main story of The Mishimia Saga appears to have up to 18 chapters. There are three (3) pages total with six  (6) chapters on the first two pages. There could be up to six chapters on the last page, or there could be less. We say up to six, because it may be just like page five of the Character Episode, which only has four character slots instead of six, meaning there are currently 28 character episodes to go through.

UPDATE: We now know that there are 15 chapters, along with a Prologue and Epilogue (17 total). Source: YellowMotion

An Investigative Reporter

If you pay close attention to the items revealed during the Story Mode segment, you see quite a few things that appear to be the work of an investigative reporter or private eye. I believe it’s the former. You see case files (folders) that are labeled “Mishima Story” and “Character Episode” that have highlighted newspaper clippings, handwritten notes and Polaroids in them.

You also see a camera that has obviously been used to capture shots of everyone who is potentially connected to Heihachi and Kazuya – this reporters main subjects of interest. The camera more than likely has a long range zoom lens, because the photos of Heihachi and Kazuya are close up and vivid.

Subtitle: and I managed to get ahold of the first letter the boy wrote to his father.

What else makes this look like the work of the investigative type is that in this shot there is something on the bed (maybe a coat) with the words “PRESS” on it. And the reporter appears to be up working late at night on his case.

Also, this appears to be a temporary dwelling place or hideout, and possibly during a cold season. What makes this look like a temporary dwelling place? Well, for one, there are two bunk beds. You don’t usually find those at an office, nor something adults sleep in when at home. No-one else is in the room. The guy works alone. He has been here a while too, because you see large empty water bottles all over the place. He’s not concerned with clutter.

You can also see a blue hat with fold down ear flaps laying on the bed, usually worn in a cold climate or season.

Whomever this is, he is determined to get to the bottom of something, and fast! He is on the hunt!

Subtitle: How could my hometown have come under attack?

The Investigator is Married

This guy, whomever he is, is married as well. And this should be important to us for some reason, because we were given a close up of his hand. He has a wedding band on. We’ll find out why soon enough why this was shown to us.

Question: Is he married, or is he a widower? And is he seeking revenge?

Subtitle: But now tanks and armored vehicles lined the streets like an iron wall.

Are Jin and Xiaoyu Married?

Who is this couple standing in the window? And have they lost a son to a fire or tragic accident? We see the two, and we see a blue hat that looks like it could belong to their son, but where is the he?

The way the wife is holding her husband doesn’t look like a happy scene. It looks and feels like they are remembering a sad time. Or, this could actually be a good time when everything was perfect and the son was in another room, or standing directly in front of them where he couldn’t be seen.

Subtitle: At the time, I believed that love was all anyone needed.

Is this Jin and Xiaoyu? Harada-san did say that Xiaoyu would marry.

And we also said that we believed she would have a baby. If so, that would explain the little boy.

Do “Xiaoyu” and her little boy die?

We later see what appears to have be a scene of a house fire (you can see the glow of what appears to be fire fire and ambers). We can see a family photo of the woman and the boy together, but if you look closely, you can also see a man. The woman and boy are sitting while the man is standing. You can see his right arm with a rolled up sleeve. His face is purposefully hidden because if we were to see it we may know exactly who he is.

You may be saying to yourself, “this can’t be Xiaoyu, because she has red hair.” Who knows, she may have dyed it for several reasons. One reason could be to hide her identity from someone. Obviously, someone is going to cause trouble for this happy little family. I don’t know about you, but that face in the picture screams Xiaoyu.

Or, could this be Katarina? She definitely has red hair.

Lastly, isn’t the picture the little boy drew his father touching?

UPDATE: The subtitle says “In my loneliness and despair, a hatred grew inside me.” // Source: YellowMotion

Subtitle: In my loneliness and despair, a hatred grew inside me.

Did Kazuya kill this family?

Before the shot above of the house (or office building) being set on fire, we are first shown a scene of someone who appears to be Kazuya overlooking a city or residential area on fire. The place is possibly on fire at his command. You also see two tanks.

Alternatively, could this be Jin seeing that someone has destroyed where he has been living peaceably? If so, he doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to rush home to check on his family. So I doubt it. I believe this is Kazuya looking for Jin and wanting to kill him.

Subtitle: That day, my old life ended, and a new one began.

The Folded Note

I don’t read Japanese, so I’m at a huge disadvantage when it comes to this note. I believe it holds a major key to what we’ve seen above. If anyone can translate it and let us know, please do so in the comment section below.

Subtitle: Father, one day, I will tear you to pieces.

Wrapping Things Up

If the investigative reporter is the husband of the woman and father of the boy, then you can see how this would really place him on the hunt for the murderers of his family? Then again, his family could have lived and are now tucked away in a safe place, but he is out looking to end this “Mishima Saga” so that his family can live in peace.

If what we said almost a year ago is true, about Jin and Xiaoyu birthing a new legacy by having a child, then this family must live.

So, will Jin kill is own father, Kazuya? Does Kazuya kill Jin’s family? Is Jin the investigative reporter? Is he truly an investigative reporter, or is he working undercover, using different identities?Lastly, where are Heihachi and Akuma in all of this?

Even if all of the above is right in some capacity, I still believe that there are many other parts of the story left to be learned that will make things juicier, darker, emotional and shocking.

Harada did say that this would be a dark story. And it’s certainly looking like it.

Aziz Peregrino-Brimah aka Zee the CEO | Founder / Editor-in-chief of TekkenGamer | Gaming has been a passion of Zee’s since the early days of Atari and ColecoVision. His first experience with Tekken was in the early 90’s, and it was Tekken 3 that sealed the deal. True story… As a teenager Zee once received his Winn-Dixie paycheck and spent it all at the arcade the same day. Needless to say, his mother wasn’t pleased.

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