Since 2017, Bandai Namcos Tekken 7 has seen massive success in the competitive fighting game space. It has been praised for its intricate mechanics and roster, along with considerable post-launch support. Tekken 7 alone has sold over 7 million copies, making it one of the franchise's best-selling titles of all time, and it's still pretty popular four years after its release on consoles. With the popularity of the games, Bandai Namco announced that this game will be re-released with a new boxed version, under the name Tekken 7: Legendary Edition.
Video game re-releases, especially for fighting games, are a common practice. When a game has finished its post-launch support, the companies will re-release it as a "full" or "game of the year" edition that bundles all of the games' DLCs into one convenient package that fans can get at a lower price. . This can be seen with games like Nioh: The Complete Edition or Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate. Tekken 7: Legendary Edition will also follow this trend, albeit with some omissions. Announced on Bandai Namcos' European Twitter account, this Legendary Edition will be bundled with the base game roster, as well as some of the Tekken 7s DLC fighters. Of the 15 that have been added since the game's launch, only eight will be included in this Legendary Edition, which is only about half of the post-launch roster. The characters added in this legendary edition, based on the new box art, are Kunimitsu, Armor King, Anna Williams, Safina, Ganryu, Craig Marduk, Julia Chang, and Lei Wulong.
This left some fans a bit upset as this means that other DLC characters like Noctis from Final Fantasy 15, Negan from The Walking Dead, or even Tekken characters returning as Violet will need to be purchased separately. However, Bandai Namco makes it clear that this is not a "full" edition, but rather a re-release version that is likely intended to appeal to new players, giving them an option to start rather than just the base game.
Fans expressed confusion as to why this relaunch was necessary, where if players wanted all of the Tekken 7s DLC content, starting with this legendary edition would be a disadvantage. They pointed out that if someone bought the season passes for the games, there is a chance that they would end up buying content they already owned from this legendary edition. It's also unclear if there is any other DLC content in this re-release, such as additional stages or customization items, in addition to the eight characters. There also doesn't appear to be a release date outside of Europe as of this writing.