Today at Gamescom, Namco Bandai announced that an online social platform entitled the World Tekken Federation will be released alongside Tekken Tag Tournament 2’s on September 11th. The service is planned to be something of a community hub for all things Tekken, allowing players to track their own statistics and compare them against others from around the globe. The WTF has a few different ways of helping players get interested in the world of Tekken and learn about the franchise.
For example, the WTF is going to feature a large online community that gives players access to forums. It will also allow players to form teams that have their own separate ranked leaderboard. While nothing else has been mentioned yet as far as the team functionality, I’m hoping that it’s more than the equivalent of giving yourself a clan tag in Call of Duty. Additionally, the World Tekken Federation advertises that it gives players access to player stats, and that they will be able to “view and analyze their player card to gain insightful metrics pertaining to their entire battle history.”
Personally, the WTF sounds incredibly underwhelming, and comes off as bringing nothing new to the competitive fighting game scene. Everything that is advertised has been around in fighting games for the past few years, and announcing a service that seems to be nothing out of the ordinary just comes across as odd. It’s disappointing, because the idea of having Namco Bandai try to organize a central location for discussion and the community for the Tekken franchise is a great idea.
However, trying to do so in the face of already established Tekken fan communities and information resources such as Tekken Zaibatsu seems even odder. What bothers me the most though, is that the World Tekken Federation seems to be coming across as nothing more than a glorified forum that lets you access unnamed player statistics that will most likely be nothing more than a simple win/lose percentage. Functions like team management with players from around the world sounds interesting, but until more details surface, it’s hard for me to assume that the service will become anything worth getting excited over.