Tekken Tag 2 + It's Paths For ConsolesBy Muggshotter
Disclaimer: This article is largely speculation and thoughts based on Tekken’s past installments and the ways they have been taken care of in the past. Nothing in this article should be taken as official word from Namco Bandai or any of it’s employees for anything regarding the console release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Welcome to the King of Console Content Speculation Tournament 2
Not too long ago people around the world witnessed the set release date for Tekken Tag 2’s console release Holidays 2012. This most likely means December, roughly a year from today. 365 days… that’s a lot of time and anything could happen to TTT2’s console version as far as content is concerned.
Tekken Tag 2’s been out in Arcades around Asia for some time now and people have seen the gameplay and the character interactions on YouTube. Tekken’s console ports have been known for it’s variety of playable content aside from regular Vs matches,like Time Attack or Tekken Bowl, and I expect nothing less from the next home console Tekken game. But aside from the seemingly dated modes, what should we expect from the console-exclusive content if we even should in the first place? Some have said;“They could add [character]!”
“How about better online play?”
"Namco Bandai must bundle TEKKEN Blood Vengeance with this!”
And it sounds so obvious from the perspective of a long-time Tekken player. For about a decade I have seen the same Arcades, Team Battles, Survivals, some forms of Beat’Em Up/scrollers and Training modes.
These surely are the tradition selection of modes and one would expect to see that every time a new Tekken hits home consoles. But in this day of video gaming, games have reached the point where it’s more about being ingenious, innovative, instead of having enough horsepower to process Lili’s hair times ten thousand times.
Get Ready for the Next Speculative Thought
The Arcade version of TTT2 was designed to conveniently support updates. It was said that this would include more characters, stages among other general content.
so far we’ve
seen more items for character customization but you’d think there’s
going to be
more than that and with that said, it could be likely for us to see
“Dark Resurrection” which would be our console version by next year’s
Here are my glorious guesses for the content of our precious console ports, whether it be a major update or not. You could imagine this as “Tekken Tag Tournament 2'sThe Awesome Update” in the Arcades and simply as “Tekken Tag Tournament 2” on consoles, but make of this what you will...1. Arcade (with Bonus Stage), Vs. Battle (don’t forget Pair Play!) and the rest of the traditional modes.
This would include nostalgia bursts and (convertible?) replays
3. Various long-term unlockables: Alternate character bust art, costumes… In other words, give the Fight Money more of a reason to be there again.
4. Online Battle, with Pair Play option.
5. An in-depth tutorial section, competitive lingo, command trainings and all.
6. Two new characters. Which ones? Feel free to guess.
7. Four more stages
8. 1-4 moves per character and some tweaks to each of them
9. Model Viewer from TTT2 demo for all characters with more animations.
10. As some sort of a celebration for the franchise, add some fancy old-school Namco Arcade game on the loading screen (and make it unlockable while you’re at it)
11. TTT2 Prolouge Save Data Bonus: Tekken Blood Vengeance outfits for the featured cast from the movie.
So regarding the Arcade updates, Namco can only add the concrete stuff: Characters and anything else that relates to the basic gameplay which you can only access by dialing in a few pennies. More long forgotten characters have been requested to be brought back and even if the fans won’t get what they wanted, they can always enjoy their good ol’ Kunimitsus and P. Jack’s in recently released Tekken Tag Tournament HD (part of “Tekken Hybrid”) which seems like a decent runner-up unless you are fine with the scruffy visuals of the PS2 version.
365 days sounds like a long time at a glance but at least for me this year has gone relatively fast. A lot has happened in my personal life, the gaming industry (we make you move) and the world of Tekken. The next year’s going to be full of occupying interactive,and social, entertainment among other things and as far as Tekken goes, there’s a lot to look forward to. Tekken Hybrid serves as the latest kiss in the Tekken community’s hands which happens to contain a demo for TTT2. If you search for “controversy” chances are Tekken Hybrid is among the first ones to pop up and you might think you won’t get your money’s worth. But let it fill the shelves of your local GameStop for a few months and chances are you’ll find the whole disc for really cheap, making it an ideal hype bomb trigger then.
However, the next stop is going to be Tekken:
Edition for Nintendo 3DS. From what I have heard something
similar to unlocking
If this is going to take place in the game and it could very well show what kind of console-exclusive content we can expect from TTT2. And let’s not forget Capcom’s attempt at making Tekken work in 2D environment. No doubt Namco’s Tekken Team and Mr. Harada are going to take a really close look at it and maybe if things turn out really good Street Fighter x Tekken could dictate some of the TTT2 console content as well.Then there’s the Wii U Tekken and Namco’s attempt to make Street Fighter work in 3D environment (which will be a glorious shot of liquid beverages if they succeed in it) but these titles are probably set to release after TTT2 so SFxTK and TK3DS is as close to Tekken (Tag 2) as we can get before 2012’s Holiday Seasons.
So with that said I advise you to give both of these games a (a look and a) try if possible, Living with just the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue will truly exhaust your spirit of Iron Fist unless you are really, REALLY fond of the Devils, a school girl and a female android. Let’s hope 2012 will be the best year in Tekken’s history.