Rumors about a new Tekken game have been circulating for quite some time, but now we have solid confirmation that Tekken 8 is indeed on its way, and it looks absolutely amazing. While the initial information we received during Sony’s State of Play event was limited, we have since been treated to numerous new glimpses of this highly anticipated 3D fighter. In this article, we’ll delve into everything we’ve learned so far about Tekken 8 and what it has in store for its beloved characters.
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Tekken 8 is set to enter the gaming arena on January 26, 2024.
Expect Tekken 8 to grace the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC platforms. Unfortunately, this means that it won’t be available on previous-generation consoles, but this decision makes sense considering the intricate details and impressive work done using Unreal Engine 5. As a result, Tekken 8 won’t be making its way to mobile devices anytime soon. However, if you’re willing to compromise a bit on performance, you could give it a try on the Steam Deck.
Let’s dive into the trailer and explore some of the interesting details it unveiled about the remarkable visual quality of the upcoming Tekken title.
First and foremost, the trailer showcases footage from the game’s story mode itself, demonstrating that the cinematic scenes within the story mode employ the same engine as the actual gameplay. This means that what you see is a genuine representation of the character models, their moves, and the stunning backgrounds you can expect when playing the game.
Moreover, the trailer runs at a smooth 60 frames per second on the PlayStation 5, without any behind-the-scenes tweaking to enhance the action beyond what the average PS5 player can expect during online versus battles (excluding potential issues related to internet connections). This emphasis on the trailer’s fidelity underlines the visually powerful nature of Tekken 8.
During the Opening Night Live event, the trailer graced us with the long-awaited release date for Tekken 8, while also providing tantalizing glimpses of new features and exciting match-ups.
Gameplay and Story
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Tekken 8 will continue to offer a comprehensive single-player experience, along with a new mode called Arcade Quest. This mode allows you to fully customize and dress up your avatar within a social space where you can interact with other players, reminiscent of Street Fighter 6’s Battle Hub. The characters are shown engaging in challenges on arcade machines, potentially indicating an in-universe matchmaking system for online battles and tournaments.
The game takes place six months after the events of Tekken 7, with the story centering around a confrontation between Jin Kazama, the current main protagonist of the Tekkenverse, and his father, Kazuya Mishima. In a compelling line, Jin declares, “People like us shouldn’t exist,” referring directly to the Devil Gene they both inherited—an otherworldly power with a corruptive potential that leads to terrifying demonic transformations.
Jin’s struggle with the Devil Gene has been a recurring theme in the series. However, the trailer showcases his newfound control over this power, allowing him to utilize his devil abilities without fully transforming into a demon (although his father manages to land some blows as well).
If you’re familiar with Tekken’s signature 3D-style fighting, Tekken 8 will feel like a comfortable fit. You and your opponent face off in a three-dimensional space, employing strategic positioning to evade attacks and set up your own. Mastering combos and juggles is crucial to achieving victory.
The new addition to the gameplay mechanics is the Heat system. Each player possesses a Heat gauge that fills up as they maintain an aggressive playstyle and land attacks on their opponent. Activating your Heat provides you with a ten-second window to take advantage of the enhanced power it offers, with only one activation permitted per round. This new meter allows for various actions, such as executing a Heat Burst—a devastating attack that can open up your opponent to a combo. Additionally, you can unleash a Heat Engager, flinging your opponent across the screen and immediately following up with another attack. There’s also the Heat Smash, a move that expends the entire Heat meter to unleash a powerful strike, and finally, the Heat Dash, which propels your character swiftly toward your opponent.
Initially, the roster of Tekken 8 will consist of 16 confirmed characters, including two with alternate forms. All of these characters are returning favorites. However, two additional characters were unveiled at EVO 2023, with one of them being a brand-new addition named Azucena. When the game launches, the starting roster will feature a grand total of 32 characters. Below, you’ll find the complete lineup:
- Jin Kazama
- Kazuya Mishima
- Marshall Law
- Paul Phoenix
- Nina Williams
- Lars Alexandersson
- Jun Kazama
- Ling Xiaoyu
- Claudio Serafino
- Bryan Fury
- Asuka Kazama
- Leroy Smith
Tekken 8 is now available for preorder in three editions: Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate. PlayStation players will receive an exclusive bonus regardless of the edition they choose.
Standard Edition – $70
- Base Tekken 8 game
- PlayStation exclusive Tetsujin and Mokujin avatar skins
Deluxe Edition – $100
- Everything from the Standard Edition
- Year 1 battle pass, featuring four new characters
- Kinjin avatar skin
- Gold Suit Pack, providing one costume per playable character (32 in total)
Ultimate Edition – $110
- Everything from the Deluxe Edition
- Classic Tekken T-Shirt set with 32 designs
- Kazuya, Jin, and Jun avatar skins
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