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Namco Bandai showed off the next Tekken game, Tekken 7 at the Microsoft E3 Press Conference this morning. 

The CG trailer depicted Heihachi of Tekken fame taking on Akuma from Street Fighter, before cutting to an actual gameplay demo of the two duking it out on stage. At first, the trailer and gameplay hint at the fabled Tekken X Street Fighter title, but the game’s official title flashes across the screen as both Akuma and Heihachi pull in closer to each other to deliver their final blows. 

Game director Katsuhiro Harada and game designer Michael Murray then come to the stage, to announce Tekken 7 for Xbox One. Murray talks about how Tekken 7 will evolve as not only an competitive fighting game, but also have an all new story mode planned, for when the game ships in 2017. It was not stated if more Street Fighter characters will be made playable in Tekken 7, but the inclusion of Akuma, despite being a known guest character for the title, can open the door for other characters crossing over into the game.

Jin Kazama was also featured in the periphery of the Tekken 7 showcase, but no gameplay of him fighting was shown. 

As an added bonus, for the the entire week Xbox Live gold members will be able to download a copy of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for free, so players can start honing their skills for the next Tekken title. 

We shall update the story during the day. You can find more of our E3 coverage at our E3 2016 Coverage Hub.

Update: The trailer for Tekken 7, including the gameplay fight between Heihachi and Akuma, has been released on youtube. 

Robert Grosso

Staff Writer

A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.