I'm still a little surprised Tekken 7 [official site] is coming to PC after 23 Tekkenless years. Bandai Namco announced their fighting game's PC port during E3, and showed a little more of it during last weekend's Evo fightorama. This is exciting to me because, as someone who's not played Tekken since the first PlayStation, I am delighted to discover its lineup includes characters I'd describe as "post-apocalyptic American tourist" and "'90s Image Comics anti-heroine." Fighting games have some of the more unusual character designs out there so yes, thank you for these weird treats Bamco.
Of course, if you do know Tekken, you might be delighted to see that Bob is returning from Tekken 6. Look at this fella:
"Bob (full name: Robert Richards) is an American fighter that practices Freestyle Karate as his chosen fighting style," say Bamco. "Possessing great strength, uncanny speed, and a wide range of attacks, Bob is one of the most well rounded fighters in the Tekken series." Robert 'Bob' Richards. Freestyle Karate. Good stuff. I've no idea why he looks like he's stumbled out of Dead Island or Zombieland but I am certainly up for this.
And maybe Tekken 5 fans will be intrigued by this mysterious new character?
"The original Raven made his debut in Tekken 5 with origins that are still murky today. Now Master Raven enters the fight in Tekken 7, executing her ninjutsu fighting skills with exceptional power and precision. Master Raven has no problem tearing her opponents apart in The King of Iron Fist Tournament."
Mysterious! But I'm in it for the weird mask-helmet thing, which was mandatory in the '90s for any character who carried guns bigger than themselves and was always shouting to reveal hundreds of teeth and thick strands of saliva.
Thanks again, fighting games!
Tekken 7 is coming via Steam in "early 2017".