One of the best fighting game series around is coming to VR… but only for PlayStation fans.
It was back in 2015 that Sony announced Tekken 7 would be coming to PlayStation 4 with support for the PlayStation VR headset. If you watch that announcement back, you’ll notice there’s no mention of exclusivity for the VR content, giving fans hope that the upcoming PC version of the game might support the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Sadly, it seems like that won’t be the case.
Katsuhiro Harada, famed producer and director of Bandai Namco’s long-running franchise, confirmed that the VR support will indeed by exclusive to PlayStation VR and isn’t coming to the PC version. Harada did so in response to one fan expressing his disappointment that the game’s PC version will support 4K while it looks like the PlayStation 4 version won’t. His simple response can be seen below.
Exclusive PSVR content for PS4 = disrespect to PC??
RT@KL1M88 Exclusive 4K Tekken7 for PC in disrespect to loyal playstation tekken fans…
— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) August 26, 2016
That makes it pretty clear that PS VR will be the only headset to support Tekken 7 when it finally launches in early 2017. That’s not too surprising given that Harada’s other VR game, Summer Lesson, is also exclusive to the platform (or at least hasn’t shown up on Rift/Vive yet), though it’s certainly a shame for PC players that were hoping to get a full fighting game in VR.
We haven’t actually seen how VR will be integrated into the Tekken 7 experience yet. Bandai Namco has previously suggested that it won’t be translating its famed fighter into a first-person experience, much to the relief of hardcore fans. We can easily imagine using the traditional third-person camera allowing us to immerse ourselves in the game’s world and watch fights as if we were standing in front of them. Either that or we’ll be getting another VR experience similar to the extra PS VR content for Rise of the Tomb Raider and Star Wars: Battlefront.
We’re hoping that’s not the case, though.