Negan is almost upon us. Back in August, the infamous antagonist from The Walking Dead was announced as a guest character for Tekken 7. Now, Bandai Namco has released a new gameplay trailer, showing Negan in all his bat-splattering, talkative glory. Along with him, Julia Chang is also given gameplay footage.
Fans of The Walking Dead television show should have a fun time when Negan launches next week. The gameplay has him smacking his baseball bat around, stabbing people, and constantly saying, "It's over." Negan somehow fits in alongside these longtime karate masters. (Well, if Freddy Krueger can appear in Mortal Kombat, anything is possible.) Much of Negan's dialogue seems lifted from the show, and the trailer recreates some scenes. Nina Williams attempts to shoot Negan, but the bat blocks the bullet. Negan's reaction is taken directly from the show when Rosita attempted to take the shot.
Tekken 7 features unexpected crossover characters. The protagonist of Final Fantasy XV, Noctis Lucis Caelum, was added to the roster in 2018. Negan is arguably even more outlandish, having no ties whatsoever to video games. Still, his appearance is welcome and could entice people who otherwise had no interest in the Tekken series. Who would have thought a year ago that we'd see Negan defeating Heihachi Mishima?
Tekken 7 has done well for itself. It has a solid score of 82 on Metacritic. Back in October, game director Katsuhiro Harada announced on Twitter that the game had sold more than three million copies worldwide before its one year anniversary. While that may not be impressive in comparison to titles such as God of War or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it's not bad for a series that doesn't really cater to a large market. But, as stated earlier, Negan could help drive some new sales. As for what Negan's up to in The Walking Dead show, he's currently going through an interesting character arc. It will be interesting if the show goes the comic book route, where Negan's character arc seemingly had an end.
Negan will come to Tekken 7 on February 28th. Tekken 7 is currently available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.