Namco Bandai has announced a new Tekken movie – this time computer generated, in stereoscopic 3D and with the full cooperation of the video game development team.
Tekken project leader Katsuhiro Harada told an audience at Namco Bandai's LevelUp press event in Dubai this morning, attended by Christian Donlan for Eurogamer, that the movie launches this summer in theatres.
It follows 2010 Hollywood live action criticial and commercial flop Tekken.
"It's the first time in our history we've been involved in making a Tekken movie – a full length CG animated movie.
"There was a Hollywood Tekken movie, but please forget about that.
"We've always heard from fans that they want us to make some kind of animation that uses the hi-res 3D models from the game."
Digital Frontier, the animation company that created the Tekken 6 and Tekken 5 opening cinematics, 2004 movie Appleseed and 2008's Resident Evil: Degenration, is on board. Tekken producer Yoshinari Mizushima, who is head of the art and graphics department at Namco Bandai, is also involved.
Dai Sato, whose credits include Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell, has penned the script. Lorelei and Evangelion's Shinji Higuchi is on storyboard duty.
"As you can see we have the best of the best involved in this CG movie," Mizushima said.
After the movie's theatrical release, a boxed version with expanded content will launch.
Its debut trailer is below.