Never annoy Namco. Always sage advice of course, but the reason for this seemingly random piece of information is that they seem to have a long memory. A very long memory. From sticking ports of their early arcade games into the intros of PlayStation games through to the multiple iterations of hits like Soul Calibur and Ridge Racer, Namco are rightly very proud of their history.
Proof of that has again recently been shown with multiple Tekken related news titbits. Any iProduct owners out there may have noticed a version of Tekken Bowl which has recently become available to purchase on the app store. As well as being a decent little game in its own right, this was of course the bonus mini-game included with Tekken Tag Tournament, when it was released at the launch of the PlayStation 2, back in the dust annals of pre-history, otherwise known as Space Year 2000. Along with Timesplitters, it was the highlight of an otherwise underwhelming launch line-up.
Bearing that in mind, a couple of upcoming products may well tickle your 3D fighting funny bones; Tekken Hybrid and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The first of these is due for release a little later in the year, and is an intriguing prospect in that it isn’t just a game. Instead this blu-ray disc will contain three separate elements; firstly there will be the seemingly fashionable HD remake of the original Tekken Tag, as well as an HD copy of the forthcoming CGI movie, Tekken: Blood Vengeance, and finally a prologue version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 featuring exclusive characters from the film. As the movie may genuinely may be decent, this package could well fly of the shelves before Christmas. Probably whilst aiming a sneaky foot into your face. Dressed as a panda.
Finally, next year will see the full version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Not much is known about this title yet, aside from it being in super duper 3D, and being exclusive to PS3. Sorry 360 owners, but it seems like the Tekken Tag name is still strongly linked with the PlayStation brand, even eleven years on.