Harada: 95% of Previous Tekken Sales Came From Outside Japan

The Tekken series has always been a staple in the fighting game community, however it’s remained unclear how much the dwindling console market in Japan has affected long-running fighters made by Bandai Namco, Arc System Works, and Capcom.

Now we’ve learned the majority of previous sales in the Tekken series have come from countries and regions outside of Japan. The news comes via an interview with series producer Katsuhiro Harada and 4Gamer.

Harada pointed out that 95% of the sales for the entire series, which currently exceed 44 million units worldwide, came from the following regions in order of sales numbers: Europe, North America, Asia / Oceania, and finally Japan.

To clarify this, Harada said that main numbered entries in the series have seen total sales break three million copies overseas, while he doubts a fighting game sells that much in Japan. He said despite the excitement around the community, the sales gap for Japan is too large.

Finally, Harada expressed hope that Tekken 7 can revitalize the community not only overseas but in Japan too, asking fans in their home country to please consider supporting the game too.

He pointed out the story mode providing a fun way to learn the controls, meeting up and playing with friends, and of course – the games new tournament mode.

Tekken 7 is set for a release sometime between Q1 and Q2 of next year.

Brandon Orselli


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