We have some interesting news for you now, and very exciting information for Tekken fans who own a PS3. Almost coming out of nowhere, Namco Bandai has confirmed that Tekken Revolution is going to be available to download exclusively from the PlayStation Network – this week! Perhaps more importantly, it appears Microsoft has turned the game down from a release on the Xbox 360.
This isn’t going to be like any other Tekken game in the series. This is because for the first time, Tekken Revolution is actually going to adopt the free-to-play model and will be free to download from the PS Store on June 11. That means in black and white, players should be able to hone their fighting skills and practice moves from the default initial list of Tekken Revolution characters – without having to pay a single penny.
A debut trailer for E3 has been released in conjunction with the launch this week and it confirms that Lars, King, Paul, Lili, Marshall Law, Steve, Alisa and Asuka will be playable from the offset. From what we understand, the monetization aspect will come into play when players want to increase stats in order to be competitive online.
We’re also hearing that players will be able to buy skill points to give their character unique moves, which will be known as ‘Special Arts’ and ‘Critical Arts’ skills. With only eight players announced so far though, don’t be surprised to see additional characters become available for a fee – since Tekken has a massive roster, as seen in Tekken Tag 2 which is a fantastic game and includes almost everyone to date.
What we don’t know yet, is whether players will be able to grind out unlocks for free, or if Namco will be making players pay for extra fighters and stages no matter what. Hopefully the full monetization aspect of the game will become a lot clearer this week.
Ask Microsoft yourself. I already asked them about free to play of the console last year. RT @dgdouglas15: how about on xbox 360? 🙁
— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) June 9, 2013
On the subject of exclusively – this game won’t be coming to the Xbox 360. The full reason isn’t known yet, but is it because that Microsoft didn’t want a free-to-play game on their books? Tekken’s legendary game director Katsuhiro Harada seems to suggest this in the above Tweet. It’s no secret that Microsoft isn’t a fan of free-to-play yet, or the non-release could be due to the fact that fighting games don’t appear to be selling as well as they are on the PS3.
Either way, it sounds like a great opportunity for Tekken fans to brush up on their skills for free, on PS3. Let’s hope that the characters have their basic move sets available, and practice mode remains open for business at all times, with no money needed – ie, being able to pull off King’s Screwdriver chain combo for example without restrictions.
Why do you think Microsoft turned down the chance for Tekken Revolution on the Xbox 360?