Tekken Revolution coming to PS3 on June 11

By Mike Andronico , Updated Jun 10, 2013 11:06 AM EDT

Even with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 hitting consoles in the fall and Tekken Card Tournament taking over mobile phones a few months ago, fans of the Iron Fist have even more to look forward to.

According to the official Tekken website, Tekken Revolution will come exclusively to PS3 this week as a free-to-play title.

While there still aren't any details on how Tekken Revolution will play, the game's official trailer reveals footage that looks very much like last September's Tekken Tag Tournament 2. One notable difference, however, is a level-up screen similar to those found in role playing games and the Tekken Card Tournament mobile game.

We might not know what kind of battles will be taking place in Revolution, but we do know who will be fighting them. The trailer reveals that series stalwarts such as King, Kazuya, Asuka, Lili, Lars, and Alisa will be joining the fray.

So what could this Revolution be? The game is launching suspiciously close to E3, and there are already rumors that Namco is prepping a new game for the big expo. Tekken Revolution could end up being a base model for an ongoing free-to-play Tekken experience, or it could be a hold over until something big, say Tekken 7, gets announced. With Tekken Card Tournament doing fairly well on phones, perhaps Revolution is a more high-def take on the collectible card game.

This is the second time in a week that we've heard about free-to-play fighters, as Koei Tecmo previously revealed that Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate would be getting a free version with downloadable add-ons. The free-to-play model has rarely been explored in the realm of fighting games until now, and companies such as Namco Bandai and Koei Tecmo could very well be trying to capitalize on the success of games like League of Legends.

Tekken fans can look forward to downloading Tekken Revolution for PS3 on June 11. What do you think this free title has in store for fans? More importantly, do you think free fighting games are here to stay, or is the genre not conducive to such a model?

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