Pokken Tournament Won’t Use High/Mid/Low Guard Mechanics


Yesterday, after The Pokémon Company’s announcement of Pokkén Tournament, Bandai Namco’s Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada took to Twitter to answer a few questions about the game, and EventHubs took the time to translate his replies.


Regarding whether or not Tekken characters would make guest appearances in Pokkén Tournament, Harada confirmed once more that this will not be happening.


“As we’re making a Pokemon fighting action battle game, I’ve already touched on this while on the livestream, but in this game there will not be a high/mid/low guard system mechanic,” Harada added. “Instead, we’re planning to include a new type of [mechanic]…”


Harada also addressed the fact that the only Pokémon we’ve seen teased for Pokkén Tournament so far—Lucario, Blaziken and Machamp—are humanoid in nature, stating that adding non-humanoid Pokémon to the game shouldn’t be a problem at all.


“Technologically-speaking, we shouldn’t face any problems in implementing whatever Pokemon we want,” Harada said. “In terms of the system mechanics, we’ll be looking at what fans would want, so please rest assured.”


On the official website for Pokkén Tournament, Harada also said the goal for the game is to turn it into a fighter that players who don’t typically play fighting games would enjoy. You can read his thoughts on the game here.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.