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Tekken 7 is a fighting game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It is the ninth overall installment in the Tekken series. Tekken 7 had a limited arcade release in March 2015. Tekken 7 introduces several new elements to the fighting system such as Rage Arts and the Power Crush mechanic, making the game more beginner-friendly than previous iterations in the series. Tekken 7 was a critical and commercial success, selling 7 million copies as of March 2021. Tekken 7 focuses on 1v1 battles. If the initial attack hits the opponent, it will trigger a cinematic sequence and deal roughly 30% damage, depending on the character. Screw hits have similar applications as Ground Bounding moves, but the receiving opponent’s animation is altered, putting them into an aerial tailspin as they fall to the ground. The movement has undergone some changes and is similar to the movement mechanics found in Tekken Revolution, most notably when characters walk backward.
The arcade version features the traditional stage-based playthrough, in which the player progresses by beating five different opponents one by one, ending with a fixed penultimate and final stage. Matches may be interrupted if another player joins the game. Character customization is featured, allowing the player to modify characters’ appearances. For the first time in the arcade series, the game features a practice mode, which allows players to train moves against an opponent for a limited amount of time, as well as an option to collect in-game rewards, mainly customization items, through «Treasure Box» by winning enough matches. The Fated Retribution update for arcades adds further gameplay changes. Lacking some of Tekken 7’s own gameplay mechanics like the Rage Drive and 10-hit combo moves. Two other characters added as downloadable content after the release of the home versions of the game would include very similar fighting mechanics, those characters being Eliza and Geese. Another guest character, Noctis, has more standard Tekken gameplay but can perform jump-in attacks like the «2D» characters. Updates to the arcade and home versions also added moves applying a Wall Bound hit state for all characters. Tekken Bowl, a bowling minigame that debuted in Tekken Tag Tournament, was added in the first season of additional DLC content.