Many had high expectations for the kind of quality control that Tekken 7 would be receiving from Bandai Namco. Considering that several fighting games have a reputation for intently listening to player feedback, and the efforts that Bandai Namco put into Tekken 7 in constantly refining the game over the past 2 years, this quick announcement has shown fans that such reliability still exists even after the game’s release. The official Tekken website announced today that Tekken 7 will be receiving patches in the very near future to address concerns fans have had since its release last Friday.
Today, the PC release of Tekken 7 will be receiving an update that will “improve security and update Denuvo” and further strengthen their anti-piracy and DRM capabilities. Later this week, the PS4 version of the game will receive a patch to improve matchmaking quality and various bug fixes. The list of changes will be made available in a patch list once it releases. And finally, the same bug fix that PS4 will receive at the end of this week will become available on the PC and Xbox One platforms sometime next week.
This is good news, not only due to the patches themselves, but because it shows Bandai Namco’s dedication to Tekken’s improvement and lifespan. Fans of fighting games know that the community and players’ tendencies and playstyles affect the game itself in many ways. Some tactics and styles become popular that the developers never intended or expected, and some strategies that the developers thought would catch on quickly become obsolete. Having a developer that pays attention to the community’s progress has historically been a good sign of an ever-evolving franchise, as was the case with the Guilty Gear games. If Bandai Namco’s diligence over the past couple years is a sign, then we can expect Tekken 7 to receive more and more bug fixes, balance patches, and updates in general to keep the game the living, growing entity it should be.