Pokken Tournament turns Pokemon into a Fighting Game

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A match made in heaven or an odd lovechild of two different genres, Namco Bandai and the Pokemon Company announced a new Pokemon game.

It was just announced this morning at a livestream that Namco Bandai will be developing a Pokemon fighting game for the arcades in Japan for 2015. Pokken Tournament will be handled by Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada and Soul Caliber producer Masaaki Hoshino, the game aims to be enjoyed by both casual and hardcore Pokemon and fighting game fans both young and old. The Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara was also present from the livestream.

A teaser trailer was then revealed showing Lucario and Machamp fighting, based on the scenes, they are also using their trademark moves then at the end of the trailer, it shows Lucario Mega Evolving like it is some sort of super move.

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The idea to create the game came from the desire of the Pokemon Company to expand further for its franchise, hence they pursued in teaming up with Namco Bandai for their expertise in 3D action and fighting games. Pokken Tournament will not use the Tekken game engine and Pokken’s engine is completely new as it will be more action oriented rather than focusing on technical aspects like in Soul Caliber. Sadly, no appearance for the Tekken and Soul Caliber characters.

The developers chose the game to be released in the arcades so new fans can try and enjoy as there are also several Pokemon arcade games available around Japan. There are no other info of a console release but it was hinted that Pokken Tournament will ‘release first in the arcades’ as it was accidentally or intentionally slipped by Tsunezaku Ishihara during the livestream.

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You can catch more about the game by visiting their website, Pokken Tournament will be available in Japan arcades in 2015.

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