After so long, Tekken finally gets the recognition it deserves.
After what seems like centuries, Tekken 7 has finally been given a western release for consoles last weekend, and apparently the wait was well worth it. In the UK, the game has grasped the coveted #1 spot in the charts, beating out an on-sale Overwatch for the title. This place means a lot for the Tekken franchise; the last #1 spot in the franchise was with Tekken 3 in 1998, almost 20 years ago.
The last Tekken game to release, Tekken Tag 2 in 2012, only managed to grab the #2 spot in the charts, and Tekken 6 in 2009 only managed #8, a pretty grim number for a brand new release. It’s been a pretty good few weeks for fighting games in general: for the last two weeks, Injustice 2 held the top spot strongly, and despite that not being the case this week, the game is still in third place. Overwatch has managed to keep the silver medal for two weeks in a row, thanks to major price cuts in celebration of the game’s first birthday. The charts this week are as follows (thanks, MCVUK):
1. Tekken 7
3. Injustice 2
4. Grand Theft Auto V
5. FIFA 17
7. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
8. Horizon Zero Dawn
9. Rocket League
10. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
It’s long overdue for Tekken 7 to finally release. The game has been in development since 2014, and the full release has been in Japanese arcades since 2015, so the franchise’s die-hard fans have been waiting for what feels like forever; it feels even worse knowing that the entire game is out there and fully playable, but just out of reach. Congratulations on taking the top spot, Tekken; you really deserve it this time around.