A new trailer and a message from Tekken’s producer Katsuhiro Harada have put an end to rumours that the series was getting a sequel. We can’t wait to get our hands on Tekken 8, which promises to be spectacular.
While the information shown at Sony’s State of Play was scant, we’ve compiled everything we know about Tekken 8’s plot and characters so far.
When is Tekken 8 Coming Out
There was no mention of a release window in the Tekken 8 announcement, so it’s impossible to say when the game will be available. Nonetheless, there are some things we can say with certainty.
The story mode, in particular, is still a “work in progress,” and the game is said to be “firmly in production,” so it looks like we have some time to wait. Second, unlike Rise of the Ronin, the other games announced during the State of Play actually have release dates, in this case a window in 2024.
Although it’s feasible, a Tekken 8 release in 2023 without any warning whatsoever seems weird. Speculation also suggests a release date of July 2023, after EVO 2023. In any case, we’ll have a lot more information at that point.
Tekken 8 will be available for the PS5, Xbox One X/S, and PC. It makes logical, given all the meticulous work done on Unreal Engine 5, that the PlayStation 4 version won’t support it. It’s for this reason that it won’t be coming to mobile devices any time soon; but, if you don’t mind a drop in performance, you can try it out on the Steam Deck.
Interactions and Plot
While a trailer can only provide us so much information, this exciting, rain-soaked showdown provides us with a wealth of details that hint at the story’s development.
This scenario features a fight between Jin Kazama (the current primary protagonist of the Tekkenverse) and his father, Kazuya Mishima. The Demon Gene is a supernatural talent with a propensity to corrupt and the capacity to change into a particularly horrible devil form, and Jin remarks, “People like us shouldn’t exist” in reference to this fact.
Although this has been an issue for Jin in the past, the teaser suggests that he has finally mastered the Demon Gene and can now use his devil powers without having to physically transform (his father gets some blows in, too).
All of this is actual gameplay, so we see things like juggling combos, supercharged moves, and even a Rage Art that draws on the Devil Gene. The rainy setting, complete with a raging storm and a sinking ship in the distance, is also clearly visible.
We don’t know a whole lot about the cast of characters just yet. Naturally, Jin and Kazuya will have significant roles. Devil Depending on the vantage point from which the story begins, Jin may be finished for good now that he appears to have mastered his abilities.
In Tekken 7, several new characters were introduced, including Leroy Smith and Katarina; we hoped that at least some of them would return in Tekken 8. There is only speculation at this time, but the developers have promised plenty of teasing information in the future.