Namco confirmed that the next Tekken installment will make its North America release in the first quarter of 2005, announced today.
Tekken 5 continues after the final events of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 4, a fierce battle between father and son unfolded at Mishima Zaibatsu headquarters. Jin emerges as the victor in this battle and continues to defeat Heihachi, his grandfather but spares both Kazuya and Heihachis lives in honor of his mother who loved peace. Soon after Jins departure, a swarm of Jacks arrive at Honmaru and begin to attack Heihachi and Kazuya and in order to escape, Kazuya thrusts Heihachi into the swarm of Jacks. A great explosion destroys Honmaru, and a man watching from afar reports, Heihachi Mishima is dead. While many presume the death of Heihachi Mishima will end the reign of Mishima Zaibatsu, an announcement is made for the fifth King of Iron Fist Tournament, with an unknown replacement to Heihachi leading the organization. The fight begins once again.
The fifth installment brings back the popular cast of characters from the previous Tekken games and will introduce three new characters, offering players a total of 20 default characters to choose from. Naturally, they'll be plenty of hidden characters to unlock as you progress in the game. Tekken 5 allows players to use their fight money to customize their character with various accessories such as hats, glasses and an assortment of different costumes. Each of the new characters is equipped with a variety of deadly techniques, and the returning characters have been updated with new moves and combos for bone-crushing, beat em up good times. Also new to Tekken 5, consists of a bonus action-adventure game that unfolds a side story to the action-packed fighting sequences.
Hardcore fans and fighting stalwarts should look forward to "a variety of characters, amazing graphics and lightning-paced game play". We'll be eagerly looking forward to its release and will keep you posted as more information becomes available.