POKKEN FIGHTERS Coming to Japanese Arcades in 2015

In a meeting between Katsuhiro Harada chief producer of the Tekken series, Soul Calibur producer Masaaki Hoshino, and CEO of The Pokemon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, the two company’s big wigs sat down to discuss their new joint project: a title that would merge the combo-centered 2D fighting of Tekken with the popularity of the Pokemon world. The result of that meeting was the official announcement of Pokken Fighters, a new addition to the ever-expanding Pokemon family.

Announced on August 26 and slated for a 2015 release date, Pokemon will be receiving its first arcade fighter in a collaborative effort between Soul Calibur, Tekken, and the Pokemon Company titled Pokken Fighters. Developed by Namco Bandai and produced by The Pokemon Company, Pokken Tournament breaks new ground for a series that has always traditionally been a turn-based isometric battle simulator.

Though not an unheard of move for the Tekken team who has worked with companies like Capcom to produce Streetfighter X Tekken, this is a very atypical move for The Pokemon Company who usually port their characters to popular first-party Nintendo titles like Smash Bros..

For the first time in franchise history, Pokken Tournament sets these iconic pocket monster combatants against one another in thrilling hand-to-hand fisticuffs in real-time. The minute-long trailer featured Lucario against Machamp, two legends among Pokemon Fighting-types, and showcased their frenetic ballet of combat against a lush backdrop of HD pixely goodness.

With the official arcade release scheduled sometime in 2015, the game itself has been the subject of conjecture by the Pokemon fan base who fear that Pokken Fighters will just be another Japan-only title with no hope of localization in the United States or Europe. However, considering that Pokken Fighters is being developed by the same team that works on the Tekken series, we can expect a console release of the game after it’s done making its rounds on the arcade circuit.

But speculations still persists with some even claiming that this new Pokemon title might even be ported to Sony’s PlayStation 4 exclusively considering that many of the Tekken titles are created on PlayStation-based hardware. As it stands, however, many of these statements are simply the product of rampant rumor-mongering from anonymous forum-goers.

Namco Bandai and The Pokemon Company haven’t made any more announcements concerning Pokken Fighters aside from its official unveiling earlier on August 26. So until then, keep the hype to a minimum and be wary of any “news” or “leaks” concerning this title in the coming months.

Source: The Official Pokemon Channel (YouTube),

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