Tekken 8 officially revealed at Sony’s State of Play

Following a tease at Evo 2022, Bandai Namco officially revealed Tekken 8 at Sony’s recent State of Play.

The upcoming 3D fighting game was shown off with a short teaser that featured a short fight between series regulars Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima. While short, the fight did show off classic Tekken gameplay as well as some impressive graphical effects, including rain, all while running at a smooth 60 frames per second. (Read: Here’s a rundown of all the Evo 2022 announcements)

In a follow-up post on the PlayStation Blog, Tekken Project Chief Producer Katsuhiro Harada stated that the footage itself was taken from a part of the game’s work-in-progress story mode, played on PlayStation 5. He further emphasized that the footage was all rendered in real-time, using actual in-game models, backgrounds and effects (though stated that some of the latter may be subject to change in the final release).

Harada went on to talk about how the quality and level of detail in Tekken 8‘s new character models surpass anything seen in Tekken 7, pointing out details such as water droplets running down characters’ skin. He also pointed to events happening in the background, in this case, dynamic waves as well as a ship that was breaking apart due to an ongoing storm.

Finally, Harada mentioned that Tekken 8 will follow up on Tekken 7‘s ending by focusing on the “father and son showdown between Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama.”

Other details were scarce, especially for concerns such as the game’s online play—Tekken 7 infamously featured a slapdash attempt at implementing the lag-hiding rollback networking system seen in other games, that instead actually added more lag.

That said, while the State of Play trailer (which you can watch below) initially only mentioned PlayStation 5, Bandai Namco has since confirmed that the game is coming to Xbox Series consoles and PC, via Steam, as well.

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Franz Co

managing editor | addicted to RGB | plays too many fighting games

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