Much like the rest of the video game world, the fighting genre has become inundated with leaks over the past few years. From characters and gameplay mechanics to entire game reveals, receiving early information on our favorite titles is rather commonplace these days.
Most recently, data mining revealed a trio of new characters for Tekken 7 more than a week before they were officially revealed by Bandai Namco Games. And while early previews of upcoming content is always fun, we rarely focus on the impact these leaks have on the developers.
In the case of Tekken 7, Bandai’s team has been forced to rush the creation of future characters to meet community demands. When asked about his plans for Golden Week (a string of Japanese holidays in early May) by Mad Catz’ Mark “MarkMan” Julio, producer Katsuhiro Harada divulged that he’s had to forgo this year’s festivities. “We are changing character [development] and release timing,” the longtime developer explained, ascribing these adjustments to the earlier leaks.
With Jin Kazama out today, Devil Jin scheduled to launch on April 7, and Josie Rizal’s release in the near future, all of which land well before the aforementioned holidays, one can assume Harada is discussing plans beyond the aforementioned fighters.
Tekken 7 is currently exclusive to arcades, but may also be in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Source: Katsuhiro Harada