Tekken 7 is the latest installment for the classic franchise that began it’s track record on the PSOne. Althought there have been many games since the original first hit store shelves in 1994, it’s still one of the best fighting games that has stood the test of time. With Tekken 7 still on track with it’s 2017 release date for Xbox One and Playstation 4, there might be a few faces that will not return for the King of Iron Fist Tournament 7, especially from the Kazama clan.
Jun Kazama, mother of Jin Kazama, and lover of Kazuya Mishima might be left out of the final battle in the Mishima clan saga. Fans of the Tekken series took to Twitter to ask Katsuhiro Harada, producer and co-creator of Tekken about Jun’s inclusion in the new title. Voicing their concerns for her not being included in the new title were met with some pretty bland—yet honest words from Harada.
Being as straight forward as he always is, he explained that because there wasn’t much of a demand for Jun outside of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, she might not make it into the final roster of Tekken 7. The game is still under development, and a final release window for the US, and UK is still far away, so anything can change until then. With as many new faces, and return characters as we’ve seen for Tekken 7, it’s pretty safe to say Jun still has a very real possibility to make it into either the final cut, or as a DLC character pack. Despite the popular opinion of her returning to TT2, the cinematic scenes she was featured in were not canon, so she hasn’t officially returned to the series, and remains dead according to the official Tekken storyline.
If we’re correct in our theories about how test marketing in Japan, and at SDCC goes, online player data was tracked during TT2’s promotional campaign, so it’s pretty clear why some classic characters didn’t return to the normal roster including Michelle, Forest Law, Alex, and Jun. So far the game has announced a few new characters that will be original for Tekken 7 including: Master Raven, Kazumi Mishima, Josie Rizal, and several others. The 40+ character roster is looking to round out quite nicely, and give players the most bang for their buck by providing a very diverse selection.
According to what producers and Harada have said Tekken 7 will mark the end of the blood feud between the Mishima and Kazama clan, and close their chapter forever. As far as Tekken 8 would be concerned, should it happen, we may or may not see any of the Mishima or Kazama clan at all.
Tekken 7 is slated for release in 2017.