Although not directly related to Namco's fighting games, it is definitely relevant to everyone's interests. Lab Zero games have managed to include the drivers for PS3 compatible arcade sticks with the PS4 version of the game and thus saving gamers 100's of dollars from investing in PS4 specific arcade sticks. Fans of Tekken 7 will be facing the same dilemma once the game hits PS4 eventually. Now that everyone knows it's possible and Lab Zero is offering the drivers for free to any developer that wants to use it, you all know who to talk to make sure this feature will be in T7. More quotes from the developer below courtesy of Polygon.
EDIT: Recently it's come to light that Lab Zero weren't solely responsible for the creation of the driver, it was a collaboration between Lab Zero and Naughty Dog.
If you remembered earlier, there was to be several business meetings this week inside Bandai Namco regarding upcoming arcade games set for release. I've just received early reports from the event that the arcade release of Tekken 7 is set for release on February 2015 next year. This is presumably info pertaining to the Japanese release of the game but if there's confirmation of Tekken 7 in other regions, it should be coming in the near future. Sources below.
OzHadou Nationals 12, the latest in the longest running fighting game tournament series in Australia wrapped up this past weekend and there's now Top 8 footage available for viewing on ZeroX03's YouTube channel. If you need it, the challonge bracket for the tournament with the results can be found here.
The Red Bull Music Academy has produced a short documentery series that explores the creation of Video Game music in Japan. The latest episode released online from the series features Katsuhiro Harada and the Tekken music team that offers insight into their thoughts on creating music for the Tekken series. It makes for interesting viewing with if you enjoy this kind of 'behind the scenes' look on the Tekken series bundled with the high production RedBull has. If you enjoy watching this episode of the documentary, you can catch other episodes featuring other renowned video game music producers on the Diggin' In The Carts website here.
Payopayo8484 uploaded a whole bunch of Soul Calibur 1 arcade tournament footage recently and they're a really cool look into what that game was like back in the years of 1999 ~ 2000 in Japan. FUG was an absolute monster with that Yoshimitsu back in those days. The video quality is pretty low but it's still good for viewing. Thanks goes to APCR for the heads-up.
UPDATE: I've edited the line regarding the Tekken 7 budget in light of it actually being incorrect. My apologies everyone, if anyone else spots any other incorrect translation please feel free to post them and I will quickly update it.
If you were waching the Namco Sugamo stream, you may remember seeing Katsuhiro Harada discussing with the stream a lot of details on Tekken 7 and it's developments. There's a lot of interesting bits of information mentioned within his short chat session that I feel is worth knowing about so I had it translated below. The summary comes from Kirito on Zexi but it has been spread to 2ch and the fighting game blog Chigesoku which I am sourcing for the summary.
The final day of location test for Tekken 7 is now over and I've uploaded the entire nico stream from it at NAmco Sugamo onto YouTube. This with the previous stream archive comes to a total of over 10 hours worth of Tekken 7 footage available for viewing on the internet. Enjoy everyone. Commentary performed by Jackller (Tekken Bancho), HinoP & Nobi with special guest Katsuhiro Harada appearing later into the video.
I've finally got the complete archive of the 2nd day of Tekken 7 Location test in the Namco Nipponbashi arcade up on YouTube! There's 5 and a half hours of Tekken 7 footage that was streamed on niconico to go through here for those who missed it. Commentary of the stream was done by Jackller (Tekken Bancho), HinoP & Yuu. Big thanks goes to those guys for streaming it on Namco's official niconico channel.