Gamereactor is currently in San Francisco to cover today's Tekken World Tour finals, pitting 16 of the best players in the world against one another, and yesterday we caught up with designer Michael Murray to talk about the tour in general, and how he feels about it.
"You know this has been an interesting year," Murray said. "We've had some Tekken tournaments in the past that were kind of handled through Japan, but this year, because some people might not know but there are some rules and regulations in Japan that limit prize money etcetera, so this time we let our American and European offices take over the World Tour, and we've been on various stops, [Katsuhiro] Harada and I have, but we're kind of just like guests of honour I guess you could say. We haven't really done much hands-on stuff, but it's been very interesting to see it get bigger and better this year with the finale coming up this weekend, so it should be really good."
We also asked about what Murray thought of the huge Evo competition for the game this year and whether this surprised him.
"Not really," he responded. "You know, I've always kind of felt the potential. In Japan there's a tournament called Master Cup, which is five on five, so you have a team of five players, only Tekken, and that gets over a thousand players every year, so I mean Tekken is that hype if you get your following there to come out to the tournaments. So I think they just need a little bit of incentive to go to the tournament, you know, a lot of times people watch on Twitch or whatever, but to actually go and enjoy it in first-person."
Who do you think will take home the trophy?