Not too long ago, it was stated by Tekken series creator, Katsuhiro Harada, that Tekken 7 could possibly support cross-platform play between the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions. However, as of recently, it seems that this has been retracted, at least for the PC version anyway.
It’s common knowledge, that there are some PC gamers who like to use trainers or cheat when it comes to online gaming. Normally a system would be put into play that would help curb this. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case here as Harada has outed the PC version of Tekken 7 and has made a statement that the PC version might not be able to play alongside the PS4 or Xbox One versions. Yes, cheaters have ruined yet another game for the PC.
“It’s not a matter of the technology for getting the PS4/XB1/PC players to match up against each other being the issue, but rather first party company policies and potential security risks alongside the community perceived reputation of PC gamers being cheaters that is hindering the decision to allow cross platform play”
— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) September 23, 2016
As a PC gamer, it really hurts me to see companies take this route. I feel as if it’s a copout in nor wanting to at least try to put something in place to discourage online cheating. I mean, look at Dark Souls 2/3, while the system isn’t the best, it will flag you for cheating and stop you from playing online. Why couldn’t Tekken 7 incorporate something like this? Or like the jail system in Killer Instinct 3? Yet at the same time, I do understand the reasoning for not allowing this. It doesn’t make the news easier to swallow but the understanding is there.
Hopefully, this can be resolved in a way that doesn’t exclude the PC from getting it on with other players, especially since this would be a blow to the amount of sales for Tekken 7 on PC. Fighting games on the PC is still a niche market, despite the recent pushes of the genre on the PC. Removing the ability to play with others would just prompt gamers to just get it on console if they own either system and likely discourage Bandai Namco from pushing any more Tekken games on the PC.
Tekken 7: Fated Retribution is slated to be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC during Q1/Q2 2017.