What you see above is not an actual Tekken Tag Tournament 2 screenshot, but an artist’s (*cough*mine*cough*) impression of what your pre-fight VS screens in the game could look like, should you decide to use custom “character panels”.
Once you unlock them with fight money, you can swap out the default 3D character panels with 2D ones. Three designs are available for each character in the game, each illustrated by Tomio, Fujisawa, Shunya Yamashita, and JUNNY respectively.
Before we take a look at what each illustrator’s character panel designs look like, here’s an actual example using pictures that did not come out of MS Paint:
Tomio Fujisawa (フジサワトミオ)
A graphic designer and a part of Spooky Graphic, a team of artists whose work in videogames includes Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops and Peacewalker, and Sega’s Kurohyo: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinsho (Yakuza New Chapter on the PSP).
Fujisawa previously worked with Project Tekken on a line of fantastic Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection posters that you’ll see below.
Shunya Yamashita (山下しゅんや)
Did weapons and NPC design for Final Fantasy X, card illustrations for Square Enix’s Lord of Vermillion arcade game, etc.
Has some fascinating video games and anime-based artwork over at the illustration gallery on his blog. To get to the gallery, click on “イラストギャラリー” (WARNING: NFSW).
Did the cover illustrations for the two SoulCalibur novels (ソウルキャリバー 魂を刃にこめて（上）（下）) that came out in Japan in January this year, a poster for the Mastercup 4 5-on-5 Tekken 6 BR tournament in Japan sometime last year, and way too many other non-video-games-related projects to list.
More of his amazing work can be found on his blog (again, NFSW).
Character profiles are a feature that’s actually already in the arcade version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (click on the links to see your favourite TTT2 characters drawn in the styles of each of the three illustrators), which was why we didn’t include Famitsu’s information on character panels in our earlier story on collaboration costumes.
But we figure there might be a lot of folks who do not already know about the character panels functionality, since TTT2 is the only fighting game (as far as I can recall) that has such a feature. Although custom character portraits in SoulCalibur V and SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny are somewhat similar to this.
Also, I wanted to take the opportunity to show off my mad MS Paint skills.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 is scheduled for a September 11 release in Singapore and the US.
Pre-order details for Southeast Asia can be found at the end of this post.
Read more about the Tekken series here on SGCafe!