Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada reckons that despite doomsday claims, the fighting genre is actually doing "pretty well for itself".
Answering CVG readers' questions in our Tekken Q&A, Harada said that as the Japanese games industry declines sales of Tekken in the West are on the up.
"We all know now that Japan was late in the high-end PC market, the online-game era, and the whole concept of reusable game engines. Since the Xbox 360's launch, things have sadly turned out pretty much how I predicted they would," he said.
"Still, despite the fact that people claim the fighting genre will disappear or gradually fade away, my impression is that it's actually doing pretty well for itself. How else to explain the successes we've seen with Street Fighter IV, Mortal Kombat and Soulcalibur on the PS3 and 360, after all?
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"The Tekken series has sold over 34 million copies up to Tekken 5, but it's astounding how much sales have risen in Europe over the years," he added.
"At this point, Europe accounts for over 50% of total sales. It's hard to say what the future holds, of course, but I think it's safe to say that no matter what era we're in, we're always going to need a genre of competitive, man-to-man games."
Elsewhere in our Q&A Harada reveals that he'd "love to work on a title that takes all the fighting games and pits them against each other."
Read Part Two of CVG Readers' Tekken Q&A.