First it was rumored, as the news that Tekken franchise producer Katsuhiro Harada would be making an announcement was made known early on the EVO Championship Series livestream. Then it was all but confirmed, as a friendly neighborhood gaming outlet leaked the reveal. Now it's official, as Katsuhiro Harada took to the EVO stage leading into the Ultra Street Fighter IV finals and announced Tekken 7 with an all new trailer.
Even through a translator, Harada's disappointment was clear. He asked the thousands in attendance at EVO that, even though they knew what was coming, they please cheer loudly so he'd have something to show the executives back in Japan. The crowd, of course, needed no such pressing. The hype was real. An EVO crowd seeing the unveiling of an all new fighting game is a terrifying and beautiful thing indeed. Someone in the back yelled, "When's Marvel?" and he was never seen again.
What really made the announcement poignant, however, was that the announcement trailer for Tekken 7 may be the best the franchise has yet seen. Typically Tekken is known for rather terrible advertising, which considering their rather insipid storyline isn't too surprising. Yet this teaser focuses in on one of the most interesting points of the Tekken story, the three generations of the Mishima family.
The trailer features a female figure at a shrine being approached by an unknown male. It's theorized that this is Kazumi Mishima, as she talks about her son Kazuya and his inheritance of what's likely to be the Devil Gene. Later in the trailer, we see Kazuya encountering his father, Heihachi, accusing him of killing Kazumi. Could the unknown figure at the shrine be Heihachi, angry at the passing on of the Devil Gene, prepared to take out his anger on his own wife?
Another theory is that the trailer is actually sneakily showing Jun, Kazuya's wife and the mother of Jin. Jin believes his mother is dead at the hands of Ogre, the God of Fighting, but the truth has yet to be fully revealed.
It may be some time before we find out, as Tekken 7 was announced without release window or release platforms. Katsuhiro Harada did confirm that Tekken 7 is being built on Unreal Engine 4 and will thus be portable to many different platforms. He also confirmed that while he couldn't reveal much else on-stage, he would be sharing new information during a Tekken panel during the San Diego Comic Convention in later July. Expect more details then.