Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada revealed Tekken 6 will no longer have unlockable characters, because they feel this feature is outdated and no longer useful. Tekken 6 will feature a total of 40 fighters, all available from the get-go.
“Why we locked the characters originally was that in the arcades, it was kind of to extend the life of the game by gradually unlocking characters. And also with the home versions as well, because you can rent games or whatever, it was to protect us against that.
“That’s kind of outdated now though, especially with online play. If we were to have locked characters it would irritate a lot of people, to be playing against others online and to not have all the characters available. So I think it’s no longer useful.”