The Mishima clan: hosts of the 'devil gene' and back-combing aficionados

Latest title in the 20-year series announced at e-sports tournament EVO

The seventh instalment in the Tekken series of fighting games was confirmed this weekend after producer Katsuhiro Harada showed off a teaser trailer for the game at the e-sports tournament EVO in Las Vegas.

Judging by the somewhat cryptic clip, the new game will focus on the continuing tribulations of the Mishima family – the Japanese clan with a cursed bloodline that has supplied both protagonists and antagonists for the majority of the series.

Control of the Mishima family corporation has usually been one of the prizes for the ‘King of Iron Fist Tournament’ (the fictional competition that provides the pretext for the game’s fights), and the trailer for Tekken 7 promises a climactic ‘final battle’ of somewhat – perhaps between Heihachi Mishima and his widely-assumed-to-be-dead wife, Kazumi.

Unfortunately, no information on release date or platform availability has been announced, although Harada did confirm that the game would use Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 technology.

“With Unreal Engine 4, we could rapidly achieve visual quality expected on next-gen platform and go beyond it," Harada was reported as saying. "Not only is Unreal Engine 4 powerful and easy to use, but it allows us to immediately bring Tekken 7 to any platform we desire.”

The first Tekken title debuted in arcades before being ported to the home consoles in 1995. Along with its two critically-acclaimed sequels, Tekken 2 and Tekken 3, Tekken was one of a glut of fighting game series including Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat that helped popularise the genre and the original PlayStation.