95% of game sales from the Tekken Series have been from outside of Japan
Series creator Katsushiro Harada has revealed that the Tekken Series is actually more popular in Europe and North America; the annual 4Gamer end of year report has just been released and this edition has revealed that a total of 44 million copies have been sold in the history of the series. Considering the popularity of fighting games in Japan, it's a surprise to see that even Oceania is ranked higher in the sales chart.
The next game in the series is due for release next year for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC; a range of new features have already been confirmed for this highly anticipated series reboot. Harada commented in the report that he believes the Story Mode will help gamers understand the mechanics that are being introduced in this game.
A new Tournament Mode has been added to the game and developer Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Online Tournament mode will allow up to eight players to compete online; the mode will feature a spectating mode and chat which should make it ideal for competitive gaming and eSports.
Earlier this year, the developers confirmed that Miguel will be returning to the game and at the start of the month several other infamous character were added to the list; Kuma and Panda will both be returning as two separate characters for the first time in the series.
While Tekken 7 will be launching on multiple platforms, Harada commented that cross-play may not happen due to several issues. He named the potential security risks as the main concern and pointed out that there is a community belief that PC gamers are cheaters which could have a very negative effect.
Tekken 7 is due for release during the Spring or Summer months of 2017 and no official release date have been provided yet.