Bandai Namco's latest Tekken game officially launched on Android devices earlier this week, becoming available for download from the Google Play Store on Tuesday. Tekken's release follows the shortest pre-registration period ever offered by the Japanese developer-publisher which only started allowing consumers to express their interest in the game in advance last week. The new Tekken title for Android was reportedly in development for over a year and became official last summer, though some of the features and content initially promised by Bandai Namco didn't make it into the vanilla version of the game. The most notable difference is the character roster offered by Tekken which is currently just over 20 fighters strong, yet the Tokyo-based company promised more than 100 playable characters last year.
Most popular names from the franchise like Kazuya and Nina are still featured and all game modes promised by Bandai Namco made their way into the first stable build of the title. From a gameplay perspective, Tekken appears to be similar to the Injustice franchise, particularly its mobile spin-offs, providing players with modes that allow them to quickly complete one or more fights and easily drop the game or return to it on most occasions. In that regard, Tekken is relatively suitable for playing on the go while still offering enough content that can keep players occupied over long gaming sessions. Besides a Story Mode that's a staple of the 23-year-old franchise, the game also offers Dojo Challenges as the basis for its multiplayer component, as well as live events promised to be featured on a frequent basis.
No ads are part of the package, with Tekken exclusively being monetized through in-app purchases that can speed up one's progress but don't appear to be essential for accessing any of its content. Load times appear to be an issue with the vanilla build of the game, with many reviewers on the Google Play Store complaining about them and Android Headlines' own testing showing some fights can take well over 15 seconds to be initiated even on Samsung's 2016 and 2017 flagships, though the developer is likely to continue optimizing the mobile game going forward.