A new trading card game based on Tekken is making its way to the arena. Tekken Card Tournament is a cross-media TCG being rolled out in two phases: a free-to-play online card battle game for mobile devices and browsers, followed by physical booster packs available for purchase in-store.

The free-to-play game is coming "in the next few weeks," while the physical card follow-ups will strike a battle pose on store shelves some time later this year. The two will work together – the standalone cards can be played on their own or entered into the online game through QR code scanning, which will either upgrade the appropriate fighter in your online stable or add him/her/a panda bear to your online roster.
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NAMCO BANDAI ANNOUNCES TEKKEN CARD TOURNAMENT

- The first Cross Media Project based on the TEKKEN Franchise will be available this Year -

PARIS, FRANCE – 21 January 2013 – NAMCO BANDAI Games and BANDAI Inc. today announced that TEKKEN CARD TOURNAMENT™ will soon available in North America, Latin America, Europe and Australasia. TEKKEN CARD TOURNAMENT™ will bring the popular TEKKEN franchise to the card battle genre in 2 different phases: A free-to-play online card battle game for tablets, smartphones and web browsers will be available in the next few weeks, while physical booster card packs will arrive in stores later in the year.

TEKKEN CARD TOURNAMENT seamlessly integrates Namco's high pedigree of fighting titles with Bandai's expertise with physical card games by allowing the interactive card battle title to interact with the physical cards. The physical game booster packs available at retailers later this year can be played as a standalone card game, or added in players' virtual game card deck by unique QR Code scanning. Scanning the game cards will give upgrades to online game characters or add a new character to the roster. In addition an Augmented Reality feature lets TEKKEN characters populate the real world simply by pointing a smartphone or tablet camera at the game cards.

The digital game can also be played as a standalone, allowing players to enter the King of Iron Fist tournament by competing in this unique free-to-play game set in the TEKKEN universe. The digital game will offer a unique gameplay experience but also amazing visuals on all devices. Strategically prepare your card deck and compete against players across all platforms anytime and everywhere.

"We are proud to bring to life this amazing project that combines the company's core strength in both gaming and toys to create this cross media experience" said Shusuke Takahara, President of NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S.

"By bringing the Tekken universe into the game card world and especially through this unique project we hope to offer to Tekken fans and game cards players a unique experience" said Yuji Kawada, General Manager, Card Business Department, Bandai Co., LTD.

TEKKEN CARD TOURNAMENT for mobile, tablet and web browsers will be available soon with the physical TEKKEN card booster packs arriving to stores this spring.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.