The second season of Tekken 7 DLC characters will be capped off with Negan from The Walking Dead and, to herald his arrival, Bandai Namco has released a new trailer inspired by the zombie-infested show.
In one of the longest character reveal trailers ever, Negan’s arrival in Tekken 7 is reminiscent of the infamous brain-bashing scene from The Walking Dead television show in which two main characters were killed off. That scene left a sour taste in the mouth of many viewers, but it’s decidedly less gut-wrenching this time around.
In it, Negan walks out of his trailer carrying his barbwire-covered bat, Lucille. Negan taunts a lineup of Tekken characters before getting into a fight with each of them, a series of bouts that clocks in at just under five minutes. The purpose of these fights is to show off Negan’s fighting prowess in Tekken, where he frequently relies on his “vampire bat” to put a mean hurt on his opponent. He can, apparently, whip out a knife and shank a fool from time to time, and he even has a move wherein he drops an opponent to their knees before bashing their skull with Lucille, again nodding to that infamous scene from The Walking Dead.
To complete the package, the arrival of Negan in Tekken 7 will include a new stage and, as you can see in the trailer, it’s also pulled straight out of the television show. Negan’s trailer, a whole bunch of cars and a group of bloodthirsty, cheering bystanders watch from the sidelines as combatants brawl in the dirt.
As in the past, it looks like the second season of DLC characters will see fighters launching in sets of two. Negan, for instance, will arrive alongside the violent millennial, Julia. Julia appears to be a streamer in this latest Tekken game, which I suppose is at least pretty timely. Julia and Negan look to be the last arrivals for the season, so there’s nothing even resembling a release date announced for them just yet.
Before they arrive, though, players will get to add Lei and Anna to their roster, as well as two other recently-revealed fighters, Craig Marduk and Armor King. Those last two were revealed alongside Negan and Julia during the Tekken World Tour. Marduk is a top-heavy bruiser who packs a mean punch while Armor King is an enhanced version of the mask-wearing wrestler, King. This isn’t just a skin swap, though, as Armor King has a totally different move set that trades many of the standard King throws for more fundamental brawling techniques.
While games like Injustice, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and Soulcalibur have been known to play host to guest characters, it’s nice to see Tekken step into the reality-crossing arena with Negan and even Final Fantasy’s Noctis. Combine him with all of those other characters listed above, and Tekken 7‘s second season of DLC is looking pretty strong.