Tekken 7 has yet to release on consoles as for now it’s limited to arcade machines. However, Bandai Namco has said that now a Tekken 7 story mode is in high demand and that new fighters are also incoming. The demand likely comes from the recent release of Street Fighter 5’s own story mode.
While the Street Fighter 5 story mode could have used a good bit of work, its inclusion into the game was a welcome idea for many Street Fighter 5 players, especially when the game was criticized for lacking much content.
Considering Tekken 7 is one of Street Fighter’s main competitors and Street Fighter villain Akuma is making a guest appearance in Tekken 7, a Tekken 7 story mode is something that could definitely be a welcome change.
Though fighting games have arcade modes that help to tell various stories of their characters, only Mortal Kombat has really had any sort of a real story beyond having one big villain that no one apparently did anything about, and in addition to its background mythology has had story modes in various games from the franchise.
The success of Mortal Kombat X’s story mode, which got widespread praise, lends credence to the increased demand for actual involved story modes among fighting games.
A Tekken 7 story mode will likely revolve around the various Tekken characters fighting Akuma, considering that he desires to be the strongest fighter in the world and he was seen fighting Heihachi in the game’s E3 trailer back in June.
The possibility of a story mode, including new fighters (implied by Bandai Namco America Brand Manager Mark Religioso), may help Tekken 7 to have more players than before, as long as the story mode and the new fighters are good.
Tekken 7 is slated to come out on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One sometime in Early 2017, but in the meantime we’ll have to sit and wait while the game is on arcade cabinets.