UPDATE – Namco Bandai and those attending their San Diego Comic-Con panel have just chosen the first original character for Tekken Revolution. The female vampire concept, which Harada mentioned has been kicked around their offices for quite some time, will be fleshed out and eventually join the free-to-play game’s cast.
She also came in first in the initial voting round, while the sexy female Tekken Force member placed second and Shin Kamiya rounded out the top three in the last spot. As a bonus, they also created concept art for the fourth place finisher, the zombie bride.
Polygon reports that she should be ready by fall.
All of these detail and images come courtesy of Jon “Chindogg” Chinnery.
General information about future updates to the free-to-play title was also released, which you can check out below.
Last week, Namco Bandai Games created a special poll that would allow Tekken fans to help decide on an original character for the company’s free-to-play Tekken Revolution. The ten-character group features some pretty interesting concepts, ranging from side characters like Shin Kamiya (Jin Kazama’s classmate from Tekken Blood Vengeance) and Tougou (a friend of Lars Alexandersson and fellow Tekken Force member) to off-the-wall brainstorm throwaways that include a salmon, a zombie bride, a praying mantis, and more.
The top three characters from that poll (which has since closed) will be brought to life by the Tekken development team by way of concept sketches and revealed at tomorrow’s Future of Fighting Games panel at San Diego Comic-Con. From there, the winner will be chosen by the audience, with help from Namco’s own Katsuhiro Harada. Discussions with the developers will precede the vote, allowing Tekken fans the chance to fully realize what each character is capable of before making their decision.
We’ve included all ten character concepts below for you to peruse if you haven’t had a chance to already. Who do you hope eventually makes it into Tekken Revolution? Namco Bandai’s panel is scheduled for 3 PM PDT tomorrow afternoon in room 7AB, so make sure to check it out yourself if you’re attending the convention.
Sexy Female Tekken Force Character
A gorgeous and sexy female Tekken Force member, she is loyal to the Mishima Zaibatsu, regardless of who is in charge. As such, she was not a part of the rebellion started by Lars.
The original concept was proposed for Tekken 5, but the clothing was too revealing and the concept was scrapped for fears the rating would increase. The concept surfaced again for Tekken 6 but did not make the final cut.
There were several martial arts mentioned for this character, including Silat, Krav Maga, Savate, Taekkyeon, Systema, and Escrima.
If chosen, the design may need be altered in order to pass the ratings boards.
Originally planned for Tekken 3, punch buttons would cause the Salmon to flop around, and the kick buttons would make it release eggs, which was quite an idea at the time. However, arcades were still popular worldwide, and charging 100 yen (1 USD) per play with such a character was likely to be a problem. That, and the fact that character would be always be the target of Kuma, lead to the concept being scrapped.
If the Tekken 3 arcade board is hacked, you will notice there is placeholder data with the character’s name remaining.
This has been discovered by a few hardcore fans in the past (video is on Youtube) . If, for some unforeseen reason, this character is actually chosen, development may be quite difficult.
Female Vampire (A young girl, long imprisoned by the Rochefort family)
A young female vampire that has been imprisoned in a wing of the Rochefort Estate, where Lili was raised.
She has a dark personality, but her gothic attire and uncanny beauty are mesmerizing. During development of Tekken 6, she was proposed as a character that used an actual martial art, but also with fireballs, like a 2D fighting game character.
However, aside from Harada, a strange phenomena occurred in which many members got married or gave birth to children around the same time. As a result, not many staff were left at work to complete the character, and she was discarded. The concept was salvaged again during Tekken 6 BR, but the same strange phenomena occurred again and Harada locked the concept away in a safe, wanting to keep it secured within the development team since it (she) seems to bring good fortune.
A classmate of Jin Kazama who appeared in the 3DCG movie Tekken Blood Vengeance.
The fact that his implementation would impact the main story line, that he died in the movie, and that he doesn’t know any martial arts, make him a difficult character to be included in the game.
There were ideas to make him appear in the game as he was before he died, and also to have him be reborn as an immortal type of character.
Fellow Tekken Force member and friend of Lars Alexandersson, he joined Lars in the coup against the Mishima Zaibatsu.
He appears in Scenario Campaign in Tekken 6. His fighting style is similar to Lars’, but he also uses the sword on his waist for certain attacks.
He could also call in air strikes via his radio. Since he died in the game, he was never implemented as a playable character.
A zombie bride to be in a wedding dress.
The idea first came up around Tekken 3 as the first fighting zombie in a game. The idea resurfaced again for Tekken 6, as the sister of Miguel, who was called in an air strike and came back to life.
Since the fighting style for a zombie would be quite difficult to create, the idea was scrapped.
For some inexplicable reason, Paul is transformed into a girl, but the appearance is of a very cute girl. The concept was thrown out in 2 seconds, as it was too off-the-wall.
Giant Praying Matis
During development of Tekken 3, a bug caused the joints of a character to move backwards, and the character model was deformed. It looked like it would be a strong fighter, so there was an idea to actually implement it, but the idea was discarded for lack of development time. Like with Syake/Salmon, the Insect blank data can be found when the Tekken 3 arcade board is hacked. This was also found by some very hardcore fans, and video can be found on Youtube.
Average, run-of-the-mill Old Man
You average old man, like the one you find in almost any neighborhood. He is not a martial artist, so he is pretty weak.
It was an idea mentioned early in the series, and thrown out the instant it was mentioned.
A teenage female Sumo wrestler who idolizes Ganryu.
The original idea was proposed for Tag 2, but was discarded 5 seconds later in order to focus on increasing the popularity of Ganryu.
A character sketch was completed several years ago, and the result was of a cute character, like you would find in Idol Master.