19 November 2004, London – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Namco Ltd. are delighted to announce that the long awaited fighting title, TekkenÃ‚Â® 5, is scheduled to release across the PAL territories in summer 2005 exclusively for the PlayStationÃ‚Â® 2 computer entertainment system.
Loved across the world for its amazing characters, explosive graphics and lightning-fast gameplay, TekkenÃ‚Â® 5 promises to deliver the next generation of blistered fingers and bleary eyes as it brings players the ultimate, most visually stunning fighting experience ever seen in a TekkenÃ‚Â® game.
Namco Ltd are confident that the title continues the quality that TekkenÃ‚Â® fans have come to expect: "TekkenÃ‚Â® 5 will propel gamers of all ages to the next level in the fighting genre," said Hideo Yanagihara, Director of Namco Ltd. "With the completely new fighting engine, customizable characters and interactive environments, no fighting game fan will want to be without it."
With sales of over 20 million units worldwide, the TekkenÃ‚Â® franchise is one of the most successful fighting games of all time. TekkenÃ‚Â® 5 brings back the popular cast of characters from the previous games along with three new characters for a total of 20 default characters to start, with even more to unlock as you progress in the game. The game allows players to use 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. New to TekkenÃ‚Â® 5 is a bonus action adventure game that unfolds a side story to the action-packed fighting sequences.
After the completion 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 Heihachi's lives in honour of his mother who loved peace. Soon after Jin's 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.
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About the Tekken Series
TEKKEN was the first title to launch Namco's legacy in the fighting game genre. Featuring an intriguing story with various stylistic characters and high-end graphics, TEKKEN became an instant success in the arcades and later was developed for the PlayStationÃ‚Â® and PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 computer entertainment systems. Sales of the TEKKEN franchise has surpassed 20 million units worldwide.
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