Namco Bandai’s Tekken honcho, Katsuhiro Harada, has told Kikizo that the Xbox 360 version of Tekken 6 came about due to common sense and disappointed fans. Hit the jump for his statement.
Kikizo: You remember close to the beginning of the series, a time when Tekken was very closely associated with PlayStation. Obviously itâ€™s not just PlayStation now, so what would you say the sort of die-hard PlayStation fans who maybe feel â€˜betrayedâ€™?
Harada: Yes, we have developed it PlayStation 1, 2 and now 3, so it is true that we have really grown with the PlayStation brand – we have a lot of fond memories, and we worked very closely with Mr Kutaragi as well, so we had a really good relationship. We love the platform. But rather than some fans feeling disappointed, there are a lot of Xbox users out there at the moment, and a great deal of fans who only have an Xbox and really want to play Tekken, which is the number one in the fighting genre. And we just had so many fans that said â€œwe really want to get our hands on it, but canâ€™t.â€ So we wanted to answer those fans. And itâ€™s also the timing at this point – at the moment we have two high spec consoles on the market at the same time; the Xbox has a huge installed base in Europe and America. So it was more about trying to answer the fansâ€™ requests and having as many as possible be able to get the game – that was the objective there.