The world of fighting games is set to witness a thrilling new addition with the announcement of the launch date for Tekken 8. Bandai Namco, the game’s developer, recently revealed at Gamescom 2023 that the much-anticipated game is scheduled for release on January 26th, 2024. The game will be available on multiple platforms including PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S, with pre-orders already open.
Tekken 8, the tenth installment in the long-standing series, promises an exciting roster of 32 unique fighters. The latest trailer indicates that this game marks the beginning of a fresh chapter in the Tekken saga, following the demise of the series’ iconic antagonist, Heihachi Mishima.
In a bid to enhance the single-player experience, Tekken 8 introduces an innovative feature known as Arcade Quest. This mode allows players to create their own character and participate in Tekken tournaments within a virtual arcade setting, adding a layer of meta-reality to the gameplay. This concept bears some resemblance to Street Fighter’s new World Tour Mode, albeit with its unique twist.
Adding to the excitement, there are hints of a potential crossover between Tekken and Street Fighter. This speculation was fueled by an interaction between Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada and former Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono at the EVO 2023 fighting game tournament. Ono hinted at a project referred to as “Tekken x” before being interrupted by Harada, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
While the details remain under wraps, fans are eagerly anticipating what could possibly be a sequel to the 2012 game, Street Fighter x Tekken. As the gaming community awaits the arrival of Tekken 8, it’s clear that the upcoming year holds plenty of excitement for fighting game enthusiasts.