Tekken Producer Harada Reveals Most People Don’t Play Fighting Games’ Tutorials; “We Have That Data in Our Company”

One of Bandai Namco’s most valuable IPs, Tekken, released in June for consoles and PC. Fans expressed their happiness towards adding a tutorial mode to help beginners get used to the game, however, according to Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada, not that many people actually play it.

Katsuhiro Harada was featured in an interview with PCGamesN, where he revealed that Bandai Namco has access to how much time players spend on each mode, which mode is more popular and so on. He mentioned the fans’ praise for including the tutorial mode, but revealed that not that many people actually tried it out.

We can tell with most of our games which modes players are spending time in. We have that data in our company. You hear a lot of people say this game is great because it has a tutorial but when we look at the data, not many people play these tutorial modes. This is the same when you buy something new, you take it home and you don’t read the manual. It’s a positive for your product if you can say you have a tutorial but when you take a closer look you notice that people aren’t really playing it.

Harada continued to discuss Tekken 7’s story mode as the place where people usually tend to learn their moves and practice them.

As you’re playing through the story mode, you naturally learn things like, ‘oh, this can be side stepped’ or ‘this character has this powerful special move if I learn how to use it properly.’ In the story mode, you can perform these with a simplified command so once you know about it, you can practice to perform this with the normal command.

Tekken 7 is currently available for PS4, Xbox One and PC.


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