Kuma and Panda confirmed for Tekken 7

The Tekken 7 King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016 concluded in Japan this past weekend, with Choi “Saint” Jinwoo emerging tops as the global winner. It was a big day for the South Korean, who also claimed the Evo 2016 trophy earlier this year. It was a big day for a pair of bears too.

At the tournament, Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that Kuma and Panda will return in the upcoming fighting game. They haven’t released any details regarding their move sets other than the fact it’ll be unique from one another, including having their own Rage Arts – that wasn’t always the case in previous titles.

The reveal trailer below gives a rough idea of what they can do and how Panda still wants nothing to do with Kuma’s boundless affection.

At least Kuma sure has one killer swing. I’m not sure how badly Paul will smell of salmon after this.

The iconic duo  joins a confirmed roster of Heihachi and Kazumi Mishimi, Jin Kazama, Marshall Law, Yoshimitsu, Lili, Bob and plenty others, including Street Fighter character Akuma.


Additionally, producer Katsuhiro Harada revealed a new Online Tournament Mode that lets players create and participate in their own tournaments. Features include setting a password, following single or double elimination rules, and a Spectator Mode with chat. Notably, winners “may win in-game items such as fight money and other items.” All in all, a great addition to support fighting game communities.

Tekken 7 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in early 2017.

Ade Putra

Ade thinks there's nothing quite like a good game and a snug headcrab. He grew up with HIDEO KOJIMA's Metal Gear Solid, lives for RPGs, and is waiting for light guns to make their comeback.