In an interview with GamesRadar+
, game designer Michael Murray talks about the possibility of online battle in Tekken 7 including arcade-to-console matchmaking.
This would be the third Tekken release to feature online battle, but the first to be match players on arcade machines and consoles together. A decision has not been made one way or the other yet, as a number of obstacles still need to be considered and overcome before it were possible to introduce this to the game.
Murray told GamesRadar+ in a recent interview that the interest is very much there: "That's something our subsidiary [Bandai Namco Holdings] is actually asking about...we're still exploring what's entailed in trying to even achieve that."
The first obstacle is Sony, as they would have to allow interconnectivity through the PlayStation Network for both the arcade and console versions of the game. This is not necessarily the greatest obstacle however, as reports indicate that Sony has been open to the idea with Street Fighter V.
Murray's biggest concern is the players themselves, as some may not be the most sportsmanlike players and present a real issue for players who are paying to play in arcades.
"If you're playing on PS4, you've bought that game, you might meet some real jerk online who disconnects because he's going to lose," said Murray. "You get angry, but there's no big deal, because it's not like it cost you any money because of that. But in the arcade, if you're linked to that person, you're paying ¥100 (about $1.00) to play, and the match gets interrupted, then we could get a lot of complaints about that."
A decision on this compatibility feature has not been made yet, and we will publish updates as they become available.