Gamescom 2011: Tekken Hybrid Impressions

Namco is packing a Tekken movie, two games, and stacks of bonus content onto one Blu-ray disc. We went to see the developer at Gamescom to find out how.

If you're a Tekken fan, then we have just the thing for you. Tekken Hybrid is a multimedia homage to the fighting series, which celebrates its 17th birthday this year. It looks to the series' past, with an HD remake of the original Tekken Tag Tournament. It looks to the future with a prologue version of the new Tekken Tag Tournament 2. And, just for good measure, it also looks sideways to the movie industry, with a new animated movie based on the franchise.

This three-in-one package will be exclusive to the PlayStation 3, although the Blood Vengeance movie will be playable in standard Blu-ray systems as well. It's also 3D-enabled for those with compatible TVs and players, following its 3D theatrical run last month in the US. It has been developed in conjunction with Namco so that the plot takes place between the events of Tekken 5 and Tekken 6 and was made by Japanese animation studio Digital Frontier.

The gaming part of the Tekken Hybrid package is tailored to appeal to fans of the Tag variety of the franchise. For the remake of the original game, the artists have gone in and redone all of the textures across the main game and popular minigames, such as Tekken Bowl. They were apparently already some of the highest-quality textures used in all the PlayStation-era Tekken games, though, even down to the modelling of the back of the characters' teeth. However, this is the first time the game has been made available in widescreen high definition, and for European players, running at 60 frames per second.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Prologue, meanwhile, is a demo for the forthcoming arcade release of the full game, although Namco was careful about not describing it as such. That's mainly because it comes with plenty of content that's specific to the Prologue version, including a 3D mode that we got to see in action. It comes with four playable characters sporting two costumes each--Alisa, Ling Xiaoyu, Devil Jin, and Kazuya. Namco was keen to point out that the female fighters boast school uniform costumes too, and clothes gradually get dirtier as the characters fall into mud and water on the ground.

There will also be trophy support for both Tekken Tag Tournaments, as you would hope. The package is due for release later this year on the PlayStation 3, so keep an eye out for a final date soon.

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18 comments
masakri50
masakri50

if it really is $40 and has online support then its going to be well worth it.

X-RS
X-RS

Def get, but keep pushing Alissa's face eveywhere and I might reconsider.

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

We had the 2010 Live action film and the 1998 Animation. I wonder what this one will be like.

Brettsky128
Brettsky128

Wow, looks like I'll actually be buying something for my PS3!

Sharky_vs_Venom
Sharky_vs_Venom

Hmm... Now let's make it clear. So, we get the old game, demo and movie that sucked (I watched it last month in theater and couldn't wait for it to be over! Such a disappointment! and I am a huge Tekken fan!). Good news - the price of the package is 40$.

Kiriyama_X
Kiriyama_X

Comes with an HD of Tekken Tag? Count me in, still my favorite Tekken by far.

Faramir535
Faramir535

Just screw the haters and screw the cost, just make it for x360 too please.

twistedmalice
twistedmalice

Sounds like a lot. I think this a good deal.

madinime
madinime

can't wait to watch this movie, Japanese's handwork is always impress me

kh2gamer
kh2gamer

i'm buying mainly for the movie

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Day one buy if TT has online multiplayer support?

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

@felipe_k3 I detect a PS3 fanboy in the vicinity...

FollowY0urBliss
FollowY0urBliss

Why all the xbox hate? Of course a bluray quality movie woudn't fit on one dvd. Is this news to you all?

Yo-gan
Yo-gan

This sounds pretty sweet, hopefully it'll be released at a budget price although I doubt it will be. My only concern is that the original Tekken Tag is going to be horribly slow in comparison to Tekken 5 & 6. Same its not just the full version of Tekken Tag 2.

felipe_k3
felipe_k3

meanwhile, in Microsoft hq: - so, how many DVD 's? 4...5? HQ leader: I think we'll need 10!!

Yasviele
Yasviele

I bet 55... _________ Anyway I'm more excited about tekken tag 2! at least this one has a preview :P

ahpuck
ahpuck

I wonder how much this game/movie is going to cost. I'm thinking $39.99