Creepy masks are back

Namco Bandai has revealed the first (and presumably last) batch of downloadable characters for the upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Challengers include the lovely Michelle, Angel, Ancient Ogre and Kunimitsu. The characters will be free for anyone that pre-orders the game, which is due to release in September. After a short window of exclusivity, they’ll launch for everyone at no added cost.

The decision to release pre-order exclusive characters has sparked controversy within the fighting community, as series gaffer Katsuhiro Harada recently stated that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 would not feature paid-for DLC. While he has not broken his word, the Tekken fanbase is still not happy with the decision to lock out certain characters at launch.

But Harada, who was bombarded by venomous Tweets following this morning’s announcement, had a short response for Tekken fans: "Just because it's DLC doesn't mean it's paid DLC. U GUYS ALWAYS JUMPING THE GUN THANK U SO MUCH."

Ah, Twitter. Check out the characters in action below.