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Tag Format Standard for Future Tekken Games?

Check out this excerpt of an interview with Katsuhiro Harada by Spong at GamesCom 2012. I'm interested in how Tekken fans would feel about all future Tekken games having tag functions. 

"Will there be a Tekken Tag Tournament 3, or will we see all those Tag features merged into Tekken 7? Series producer Katsuhiro Harada has suggested that the franchise could see a bit of a rejig to ensure that the spinoff series becomes unspun.

"It’s hard to say at this point, but it could be the case," he told SPOnG at Gamescom. "ForTekken Tag Tournament 2, even though the name says Tag, you can play one-on-one [as you can in the traditional Tekken games] and you can play two-on-one," he continued, "so it is already kind of merged into this one game.

"It could be the case that this setup will be the standard [for our games] in the future. It will be hard to say until the game comes out."

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Reader Comments (17)

I'm sad that they even introduced 1v1 1v2 in TTT2. I mean it's called tag for a reason :| don't get me wrong... Tag looks amazing and will be amazing. But sometimes 2v2 takes away from the game mechanics that 1v1 has. And the damage is insaanee. All in all... keep the tekken series 1 v 1.. and keep the tag 2 v 2. imo

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM | Unregistered Commenterbookapow

Just look at the popularity of Marvel games, and the terrible transition from Tag in Tekken 4. Yes, keep it in, OF COURSE.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterForest

Its good that they added 1v1, some player will miss 1v1 after a while and might want to run good old 1v1 tournaments
and TTT2 gives them the chance without wating another 3-5 years.
I think every tekken from now on should feature 2v2 and 1v1 mode.

Btw for FUCKs sake, could you please change the confirm post captcha shit? I had to input like 20 captchas

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterDamajer

If there is gonna be Tekken Tag Tournament 3, I would actually like to see it go 3 on 3 concidering Tekken X Street Fighter may have some super moves that where shown in Soul Calibur V. TKxSF will probably the closest thing to an open ring Street Fighter game aside from Street Fighter EX and Rival Schools, if it's gonna be a Tekken game, then 1 character must be K.O'd to lose a round, just to seperate it from Marvel vs Capcom.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 1:54 PM | Unregistered Commentere104epsilonMK2

Sounds like they want to knock the Dead or Alive series off the map...for good. It's the only other high profile 3D fighter which survived longer than it should have because of the tag options. If Tekken goes the way of DOA and adds tag to every game, then say goodbye to Mr. Ryu Hayabusa LOL

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterDreamKing

i think they just dont want to come up with new gameplay mechanics.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 6:50 PM | Unregistered Commenterjackoffbot

I think they're saying this mainly to make people still guessing whether Tekken x SF will be a 1v1, or team based game.

If they made...say Tekken 7, then had the Tag thing as a separate mode like in DOA or MK...then I'm worried the Tag format wouldn't be used much at tournaments. Which would be sad, since I love the Tag format.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 7:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterL_Z_N

i feel its better that tekken 7 should be 1 on1 and keep tag mode or 2 on 2 a special feature like MK. TTT2 in a lot of ways is different from T5dr and T6br not only in gameplay but in strategies, etc. even though it is Tekken, TTT2 could stand out on its own.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 5:34 AM | Unregistered Commenterlockon

Imo this idea is great. It's future proofing. Learning from the past, just like what happened to Tekken 4 which came after the original Tag game. People will miss the the tag feature if Tekken 7 comes out being limited to 1 on 1. Every future Tekken games imo should have all the features Tekken Tag Tournament 2 now has. I am very happy to hear this from Harada. Long live!

Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterSenna

Keep tag in. I was disappointed when T4 went back too 1vs1. Stop giving something and taking away the other, with this new game seem's the series is back on track imo.

It doesn't have to be the "standard" just make sure it's there and expand on it in tekken 7.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterDevil Kazuya

I think they should keep things as they are. 1 v 1 is a more pure and focused form of competition. Tag is great too, but to me, it's kind of a side show to the 1 v 1 games. I do think it's a very strong side show, though. Besides, if they keep the core Tekken series as 1 v 1, the Tag games will be a more special treat when they come out.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM | Unregistered Commentercarn114

You guys are all complaining about T4.... but it all stopped when T5.. 5DR.. 6... and 6BR came out. And these were all 1v1. You really think T7 will suck if it's just 1v1? hell no.. they've learned from the past... and the games are getting better and better.

Yes 2v2 is AWESOME. But like carn114 said... I think 1v1 is better focus on competition and 2v2 is for flash. Keeping tag seperate also does makes Tag a little bit more special.

In 1v1... we can relate a player to a single character... ie. knee-bryan. onlypractice-nina.. etc. We'll always relate them as the best with 1 character... not 2. Just like SF4 i suppose.

But tekken started as a 1v1... and should stay as a 1v1. Tag is just an extra treat Harada gives to us every decade ;)

Friday, August 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM | Unregistered Commenterbookapow

I'm just wondering whether they can bring something fresh in the next Tekken, I feel like TTT2 is the complete fighting game package.
Seems pretty unlikely to top that.

Friday, August 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterRandomJin

I only hope that Tekken 7 is a complete redesign of the Tekken formula. What I mean is all new animations for everything (no more Tekken 1 stuff), less focus on long juggles, and more streamlined movement that looks aesthetically pleasing. I am tired of backdash canceling looking like I'm glitching my way across the screen. Why does nobody address this?

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 4:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterMatthias

Tekken 7 would definitely be developed with the next generation consoles. Despite how I love and enjoy doing jungles it can sometimes seem to be very long. Tekken 7 should be feel really really fresh in core design, making the graphics better given by a better system, and keep and create new gameplay that will keep and get more people into playing Tekken. But of course its not that simple. But imo so far Harada and his team are doing the best job out of all developers making games in the same genre.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterSenna

Tekken 7 need's to be a complete reboot of the franchise imo. Or do one more game and close up the storyline then reboot.. TTT2 is the definitive Tekken game in the 4-6 arc.

1 vs 1 consolidate the roster to about 20 of the original cast with a few surprises. Rebuild the game from scratch obviously keep it's essence but actually bring some real innovation to the fighting game genre.

Tag can be an optional mode but not the focus.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 8:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterDevil Kazuya

i've been saying this since the first ttt game

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 5:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterRayzor

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