Whether you love or hate Namco’s long-running Tekken series, you have to admit that it sure was weird not seeing its latest instalment as part of the EVO 2014 line-up. But, Heihachi Mishima fans can rest easy now: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 has just been announced as one of the titles that the world’s best fighting game players will be competing in during the huge annual event.
The news comes from fighting game enthusiast site Shoryuken, which reports the announcement as having been made by Evo co-founder Joey “Mr Wizard” Cuellar during the iPlayWinner broadcast. (It’s at 16:30 in the latest archived Twitch stream.) Tekken publisher Bandai Namco will also be coming on board as a sponsor for EVO 2014. The previous lack of Tekken echoed the since-resolved absence of Smash Bros., and it seemed odd that both high-profile franchises with passionate player-bases wouldn’t be part of the world’s biggest fighting game tournament. The no-Tekken situation was particularly weird since it meant the tournament wouldn’t have a 3D title like Soul Calibur. EVO 2014 happens in July so, if your favourite series isn’t in the line-up, there’s still a small chance that more games might be added.