Tekken followers have been hoping for Kiryu Kazuma, star of Sega’s Yakuza sequence, to seem as a visitor character in Tekken 7 for months. Tekken sequence producer Katsuhiro Harada publicly responded to these requests again in February, however his statement about Kiryu probably coming to the preventing sport was imprecise at finest.
A more moderen tweet from Harada, nonetheless, has ignited hypothesis that the Yakuza and Tekken franchises might certainly collide.
On Tuesday, Harada posted a photograph “from the development room” on Twitter. That photograph included 4 pictures (clockwise from high left): an amusing close-up shot of Alisa Bosconovitch, Lee standing in entrance of a restaurant, a bathe of sparks and particles, and Street Fighter’s Akuma uppercutting Tekken’s Eliza. It’s the Lee picture that caught followers’ eyes.
Lee is standing in entrance of what seems to be a Matsuya Foods location, a Japanese restaurant chain that has appeared in a number of Yakuza video games (however has not appeared within the Tekken franchise thus far). It is an uncommon inclusion. It may be a little bit of trolling on Harada’s half; he’s wont to push again on visitor character requests, and considerably famously wears a “Don’t ask me for shit” T-shirt during on-camera appearances. It would additionally current an additional layer of licensing for Tekken writer Bandai Namco past any settlement to incorporate a Yakuza character in Tekken 7.
Tekken 7 has already introduced collectively a various group of visitor characters, together with Noctis from Final Fantasy 15, Geese Howard from SNK’s Fatal Fury, and Negan from AMC’s The Walking Dead. Kiryu (and even Goro Majima from Yakuza) would match proper in.
We’ve reached out to Bandai Namco to see what the writer has to say, however will anticipate that an official announcement will seemingly come from Harada himself.