Tekken 7 has shipped over 5 million copies as of last December, according to a new sales report. The long running fighting franchise continues to be a strong seller almost five years after its initial release, thanks to a dedicated following of casual and competitive players. Katsuhiro Harada, the producer of the franchise, took to Twitter to celebrate the milestone as the game looks to be as popular as ever.
The seventh entry of the series was the first to incorporate the Unreal Engine and guest characters from outside fighting games, a strategy that has brought increased attention to the game. Street Fighter’s Akuma, Fatal Fury’s Geese, and Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis were all welcomed additions to the series, as well as The Walking Dead’s antagonist Negan. Additional characters and features are still coming to the game, meaning that Bandai Namco is still firmly behind the title so far into its release cycle.
While it hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows, particularly with balancing issues that seem to plague the game after every major patch, Tekken 7 has been embraced by the fighting game community as one of the most consistently entertaining titles on the competition circuit. Boosted by the Tekken World Tour and a premier event of the Evolution Championship Series, Tekken may now be bigger than ever.
As a whole, the series has moved 49 million units since 1995 and the seventh entry is behind Tekken 3’s 8.5 million units and the combined 8.2 million units of Tekken 5 and Dark Resurrection. It doesn’t seem likely that Tekken 7 can close the gap unless some extreme measures are taken to get into more homes, but it does indicate the series is still doing incredibly well.
The effects of Tekken on a global stage has been no more apparent than with this release, with one of the biggest stories in the fighting game community last year being the near unstoppable run of Pakistani players challenging the dominance of series veterans. With plenty of people playing around the world — and no news on an eighth entry as of yet — Tekken 7 will continue its successful run.
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