Bandai Namco officially announced the next entry in the Tekken series, Tekken 7, at the Evolution Championship Series fighting game tournament yesterday—otherwise known as EVO 2014.
The publisher revealed that the game will be powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine 4, but didn’t offer any release date or platforms. According to Tekken series executive producer and game director Katsuhiro Harada, the use of Epic’s engine allows the team the luxury of concentrating on making Tekken 7 the best game it can possibly be, without having to worry about creating an engine from scratch.
“The power and flexibility means that we can focus our efforts on making Tekken 7 the best possible game without worrying about spending time creating a stand-alone graphic engine,” he said. “With Unreal Engine 4, we could rapidly achieve visual quality expected on next-gen platform and go beyond it. 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 announcement was accompanied by a teaser trailer (above) that features Kazumi and Heihachi, and also promises that more details about the game will be revealed during Bandai Namco’s fighting game panel at SanDiego Comic-Con on July 25.