Updated 03:44 PM EDT, Fri, Sep 25, 2020

'Tekken 7' Release Date, Characters & Gameplay Trailer: Arcade Version Out Feb. 18

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The arcade version of Bandai Namco Games' upcoming fighting game "Tekken 7" finally has a release date, for Japan that is, Attack of the Fanboy reported.

The "Tekken" franchise was created, published and developed by Namco. It began in 1994 with "Tekken" and his since spawned numerous sequels, updates, spinoff titles, live action films, animated films and more. When it comes to the game, it's already up to its ninth installment, titled "Tekken 7" and it's set to come out soon in Japan.

The announcement was made via the official twitter account of Super Nova Fukushima, a popular Japanese arcade place. They tweeted the official photo of "Tekken 7" as well as the Japanese release date set for Feb. 18.

The arcade venue will be the first place in the world to receive the new game's arcade machines, though the game's director Katsuhiro Harada informed gamers through his Twitter page that this was only the pre-launch. The full launch is set sometime in March when other arcade places in Japan will be receiving "Tekken 7."

For international fans, have no fear, as there are also plans to launch "Tekken 7" worldwide, and they'll get to see the return of characters such as Kazuya, Lars, Heihachi, Asuka, Paul, Law, King, Bryan, Leo, Hwoarang, Lili, Alisa, Xiaoyu, Dragunov, Feng and newcomers uch as Katarina and Claudio, according to IGN.

Harada previously informed news outlets that they have as much as 40 people working on "Tekken 7," according to Cross Map.

"It's very difficult to talk about," he admitted. "Obviously, I had originally planned to release it much earlier than we're currently looking at."

He also shared that the delay was due to "development trouble" and also because of the presence of other fighting games in the market. However, "Tekken 7" is still the company's priority.

"Tekken 7 will be our big thing for the next while," he said.

It's likely that the game will come out before July, which is when the Evolution Championship Series, or EVO 2015 tournament, will be held, according to PlayStation Universe. It's an event that focuses exclusively on fighting games and contestants from all over the world come together to compete.

If American and other international gamers are going to have a chance in the competition, Namco has to release the game early enough to allow them all to practice and prepare.

Namco has yet to set a release date for when that is, though.

"Tekken 7" is also expected to hit consoles soon, specifically the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However, it's been reported that work on the arcade version comes first before the console version, according to KDrama Stars.

Harada had already previously confirmed that no PC version will be released due to a lack of a Tekken community for the PC.

Fans can check out the original "Tekken 7" trailer released at SDCC 2014 last year, or the most recent gameplay footage released in December.

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