Tekken 7 feature allows players to fight on the left side

This is a feature that has been a long time coming.


Tekken 7 was revealed back in July 2014, and since then, we’ve been receiving a small amount of updates regarding the upcoming fighting title. Today, we’re learning the game will finally give fighting fans what they’ve wanted for a very, very, very long time: to start a fight on the left-hand side of the screen.

Tekken 7 director and chief producer of the series Katsuhiro Harada teased a new feature for the game via Twitter earlier this week. The image shows two Tekken 7 arcade cabinets standing side by side showing the start of a battle. What makes the image extremely noteworthy is both players are now able to start on the left side of the screen, if they choose to be.

As a fan of fighting games, this is a feature that I can immediately get behind considering how many physical altercations I got into growing up over this very reason. Most fighting game fans prefer to play on the left-hand side of the screen, although I’m sure there are some players who prefer the right-hand side. Either way, this is a feature that I’m hopeful other fighting games will emulate in the future.

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    January 7, 2015 10:15 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Tekken 7 feature allows players to fight on the left side

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      January 7, 2015 11:42 AM

      I feel like an idiot, because I don't understand this article. When it says 'both players left side start', and then shows pics of the characters switching places, that's not what I imagine when I read 'both players left side start'- I thought both characters were going to be on the left (which sounds weird, but I thought the advantage was being closer to your opponent or something). Then here's my other problem...it's been awhile since I've played a fighting game, but don't they ALWAYS start you on the left??? Wouldn't it be news if you could start on the RIGHT???

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        January 7, 2015 11:47 AM

        2 seperate, but linked, arcade cabinets. each player can use the left side of their respective cabinet.

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      January 7, 2015 1:27 PM

      I don't like it. You gotta learn to fight facing the other direction anyway. Man. I remember having to work on throwing 'wrongway' uppercuts. Then here comes Fei where that's the correct method.

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        January 7, 2015 7:54 PM

        Axis make more of a difference in Tekken, due to the way certain moves track. A friend of mine mains Dragunov and she tells me that his highest damage combo requires tech to the left. It won't work properly to the right.

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      January 8, 2015 2:46 AM

      Moves are pulled off opposite depending on side. Most players are more comfortable with left, as its the default start position.