We’ve known for some time that Tekken 7 — the ninth installment in the celebrated series — was lumbering in development, but today, publisher Bandai Namco has offered up our first real look at the sequel as the developer intended: in glorious 60 frames-per-second.
Showcasing some of the fighter’s eclectic characters, the footage is a two-minute tease of what ardent fans of the franchise can expect when the game debuts in 2015. It’s a hyper-kinetic sizzle reel that reveals a variety of detailed stages along with some of the moves that players will be utilizing in order to dispatch their foes — our favorite is Alisa Bosconovitch’s ability to warp her arms into lethal chainsaws, because who abides by the laws of physics in the Tekken universe anyway?
On the topic of cast members, Tekken 7 will welcome Lucky Chloe, a newcomer to the series, who will join the likes of Alisa, King II along with Heihachi and Kazuya Mishima to name but a few. Bandai Namco has confirmed that it does plan on introducing more playable personas onto the roster in the weeks and months leading up to release, with the studio asking for fan feedback on a plethora of potential fighters.
Tekken 7 will be dragged kicking and screaming onto the fighting scene once more when it makes it bow in Japan in February, 2015. We’ll likely hear more news of a western release closer to the time but for now, you can let us know your early impressions of the latest slice on one-on-one mayhem in the comments section below.