Street Fighter's Akuma will throw down in Tekken 7

The Street Fighter universe has no shortage of excellent villains, and soon one of them will go toe-to-toe with the Mishima clan in Tekken 7. Bandai Namco has revealed that Akuma will become a playable character in Tekken 7 Japanese arcades thanks to the "Fated Retribution" update. And while this doesn't for sure mean that he'll transition with the rest of the cast when Tekken 7 comes to PS4 at an unannounced date, it's pretty common for all arcade content to be adapted when porting to console.

It looks as though Tekken 7 might be altering the character's history a bit for his debut in Bandai Namco's universe; where in Street Fighter he is a fighter who embraces evil energy and seems to have no other purpose but to fight the strongest in the world, in Tekken 7 he seems to be an attack dog of the late Kazumi Mishima, sent on a quest to kill her husband and son. See, people? That's what happens when you don't go to family counseling - and your son literally becomes part-devil after his dad throws him into a ravine. These people have … issues.

Tekken x Street Fighter, a game which was set to adapt Street Fighter characters to Tekken series gameplay (much like how Street Fighter x Tekken adapted Tekken characters to Street Fighter gameplay) was announced in 2010 and we've seen neither hide nor hair of it since. In that respect, Akuma's appearance in Tekken 7 might be the first taste of the long-in-development crossover.

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