TTT2: Gamescom News Blitz
Heaps of new Tekken Tag Tournament 2 news has hit from Gamescom in Germany.
First off is a glut of bizarre guest-designed alternate costumes for many of the cast members. Many of these designers have worked with the Tekken franchise before, also having designed alternates for Tekken 5 and 6.
From Mutsumi Inomata (Gundam SEED, Mai-Hime) a hardcore heel version of Jay Cee.
From Shigeto Koyama (Gurenn Lagaan, Eureka Seven) a more traditional robotic girl version of Alisa.
From Simon Bisley (2000 AD, Judge Dredd) a vicious Monster Hunter-esque Heihachi.
From Ryouji Minagawa (Project ARMS, Spriggan) an El Mariachi take on Miguel.
From Katsuya Terada (Blood: The Last Vampire, Cutie Honey) an elaborate traditional version of Kunimitsu.
And from Oh! Great (Tenjou Tenge) an octopus version of Anna.
All of these, like the free bundle of summer wear offered to those who pre-order, will be entirely free.
World Tekken Federation
The new World Tekken Federation feature will keep track of your match stats, including your usage of certain attacks and success rate with each attack. The WTF (hah) also provides you with up-to-date leaderboards, and clan-building functionality. Other online features include the standard matchmaking and lobby systems, and a replay channel that allows players to pause and rewind their replays by the frame. The most tantalizing aspect of this new mode is the price tag: while other games give players this sort of stat-tracking feature for a subscription fee, the World Tekken Federation will cost fighters nothing.
The Tekken Tunes feature has been elaborated on, allowing players to switch the background, character select and menu music with any other song in the game, or any song from your own private collection. In addition, a series of remastered tracks from classic Tekken games will be made available on XBL and PSN.
Put it all together, and you can tell that Team Tekken is really going the extra mile to deliver.
Looking ahead, Tekken head honcho Katsuhiro Harada has also gone on record to say that the Tekken Tag 2 formula could be used as a template for future mainline Tekken games, incorporating the tag feature into the main games:
It’s hard to say at this point, but it could be the case. For Tekken Tag Tournament 2, even though the name says Tag, you can play one-on-one [as you can in the traditional Tekken games] and you can play two-on-one, so it is already kind of merged into this one game.
It could be the case that this setup will be the standard [for our games] in the future. It will be hard to say until the game comes out.
The game is under a month away now, but with the swag of new stuff shown off this week, the wait just seems longer and longer.
Source: Avoiding The Puddle, Famitsu, Eventhubs