Tekken 8: Release date, story info, characters and more for Bandai Namco game

Tekken 8: Release date, story info, characters and more for Bandai Namco game

Tekken 7 is a pretty big success, even by Tekken standards.

The game – which was tested and debuted in Japanese arcades before its eventual release on PS4, Xbox One and PC – has seen the most support any Tekken game has seen to date.

With three seasons of character passes and more seemingly to come, Tekken 7 is an enduring example of 3D fighting games popularity in the modern age.

But as the Tekken 7 saga enters its third year (and tops 3,000,000 sales) fans are naturally looking ahead and wondering what the next instalment of the classic fighting game franchise will bring.

New narrative elements and new mechanics are almost guaranteed – but what do we know about the game so far? Though Bandai Namco has been quiet about the title, here's everything we have pieced together so far.

Tekken 8 – Release Date

At the time of writing, publisher and developer Bandai Namco has not announced a release date for Tekken 8, or even acknowledged that the game is in the works.

However, looking at previous releases and using some data to inform our thinking, there are a few logical conclusions you can arrive at about when the game will appear or be announced.

First up, it seems like Tekken 7 still hasn't finished introducing characters.

Towards the end of April 2020, the official Tekken website was teasing the game's 50th fighter who, so far, is only referred to as 'N/A'. "Nothing at all is known about this mysterious fighter" says the flavour text, next to a pretty average silhouette.

Whether this means we'll be getting a one-off, 50th character special bit of DLC or another fully-fledged Season Pass remains to be seen. But we do know that something else is still in the pipes for Tekken 7.

Next, we can take a look at the release cadence of the series in recent years.

Distressingly, there was a six-year gap between the release of Tekken 6 and Tekken 7 (though we did have Tekken Tag Tournament 2 to get us through the interim)..

The tweet below does suggest that key Tekken developer, Katsuhiro Harada, has been putting something together recently, too.

If Tekken 8 follows the same pattern as its predecessor (moving from an arcade release to a home console version), that means we could potentially see Tekken 8 release by 2023.

However, Tekken Tag Tournament and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 both reused assets from older games in order to put out a kind-of spin-off release between main games.

Could we see Bandai Namco use Tekken 7 assets as a base for a PS5 Tekken game by the end of 2021? It's not too hard to believe – especially since the publisher did the same thing with Tekken Tag Tournament (using the game as a PS2 launch window game) back in the day.

Tekken 8 – What we know so far

Anyone that's played Tekken knows that the series has something of a… dramatic… storyline.

Mostly based around patricide, family in-fighting and, um, demons, Tekken's narrative is a labyrinthine anime soap opera that's as compelling as it is ludicrous.

Tekken 8, no doubt, will continue this trend of violent melodrama – and we've already seen a glimpse of what we could expect from the story thanks to a hidden cutscene in Tekken 7.

Once you clear the main storyline chapters of the game, and then take on Street Fighter guest villain Akuma as Devil Kazuya in ”Special Chapter – Instant Carnage”, you will unlock a new cutscene once the credits have rolled.

In the short clip, Lars Alexandersson, Lee Chaolan, and Alisa Bosconovitch discuss the state of the world (spoiler: it's grim) as a dazed, but miraculously alive, Jin Kazama emerges from the smouldering darkness vowing to put an end to his father Kazuya's reign of terror.

As expected, then, the stage is set for a continuation of the Mishima bloodline saga – and you can bet your bottom dollar that however it's resolved, it'll include a King of Iron Fist tournament somewhere along the line.

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