Namco are releasing a PSN only “free to play” version of Tekken, which we will get here in Asia on June 12.
Tekken Revolution seems to be designed as a stepping stone for newer players to eventually migrate to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 in order to play competitively, but it also seems like a way for Namco to test the waters with some of the new game play mechanics (such as the “special arts”) to see how well they work for potential use in a future Tekken game.
Trailer and press release with more details below the cut.
“Crafted by NAMCO BANDAI Games’ internal TEKKEN development team, TEKKEN REVOLUTION provides fighting game fans and newcomers alike the hard-hitting gameplay of the famed franchise.
Choose from an initial cast of eight iconic TEKKEN characters to train and battle against AI opponents in Arcade Mode or take on fearsome human rivals spanning the globe through online Ranked and Player Matches. The game also features new bone-crunching Special Arts and Critical Arts moves designed to help newcomers deliver hard-hitting attacks and advanced players to employ new strategies with their favorite fighters.
For the first time in TEKKEN history players will be able to level-up their characters, increasing three key attributes; Strength, Endurance and Vigor, to create a combatant tuned to individual play styles. Develop a defensive tank character with high HP to withstand knockout blows while offense focused players can create a damage-inflicting character with low health but high critical hit rates to devastate opponents with a flurry of attacks.”