Tekken 7 at MCM London Comic Con – Reaction and Reception
There’s certainly no doubting that MCM Comic Con host some of the biggest and best events in the UK. People travel from all around the world to enjoy these popular culture shows which play host to a range of exciting features including; cosplay, special guests, rare & exclusive memorabilia, TV shows, movies, gaming, and more. We travelled to London to attend the latest MCM Comic Con event in London which took place at the ExCel Centre from 28th-30th October.
To the excitement of many gaming fans around the UK, (particularly us Tekken fans!), Bandai Namco were in attendance at the London event. They brought along their most anticipated titles, which of course included Tekken 7. The game was available for casual free-play on a generously sized console (PS4) setup area, as well being showcased on their tournament stage, where daily tournaments took place.
Unsurprisingly, the Tekken area was constantly busy over the weekend with people eager to get their hands on the game. After the response Tekken 7 received at events such as EGX and PLAY Expo, there was no doubt in my mind that it would also be a huge hit at this event as well. I spent a significant amount of time at the Tekken 7 area during the event, and the reception that the game received was extremely positive. I spent time engaging with the community to see what they thought of the latest installment, and as always my questions where met with excitable responses praising the game. One thing in particular that people kept mentioning was just how great the game looks; from the the character designs to the intricate stages, people were definitely impressed.
Fans old and new came together to play against each other, and I noticed that the more experienced players were taking the time to help the players who were new to the game. This is a familiar thing amongst the Tekken community; the veteran players are always looking to help newcomers who want to learn the game, and it’s honestly refreshing to see this and it’s one of the many things I love about the Tekken community.
One thing that particularly interested me was the reception Tekken 7 received whilst being shown on Bandai Namco’s tournament stage. Their latest title Dragonball Xenoverse 2, which was released last Friday, was also featured in a tournament setting; due to the nature of the event, and the fact that this game was a very recent release, it was predicted that this particular title may take the forefront of the lineup, however this was definitely not the case. Tekken 7 was the game which generated the most hype from the audience. Whenever the Tekken 7 tournament took place, the stage area was always busy, much busier than any of the other tournaments that took place. Fans were randomly selected to compete in the tournaments, and the amount of people who wanted to be chosen to take part in the Tekken 7 tournament was drastically larger than any others. This is a prime example of just how excited people are for Tekken again; the game was generating tons more hype than a big title which was released that same week! Speaking from a slightly biased point of view, this was great to see!
The response generated by Tekken 7 at MCM London Comic Con was amazing. It was great to see some familiar faces, as well as meeting new fans,and thank you to the Bandai Namco UK team for hosting another great event.
So many people are undoubtedly excited for the game, and so they should be. Tekken 7 is a masterpiece in the making, and I have been extremely lucky to be able to spend so much time with the game. Believe me when I say this: Tekken 7 is going to be worth the wait.