Katsuhiro Harada reveals Tekken 8 release date at Gamescom 2023

Katsuhiro Harada reveals Tekken 8 release date at Gamescom 2023

This year’s Gamescom Opening Night Live emerged as a platform for monumental announcements, and one of those to lead the charge was Bandai Namco‘s eagerly anticipated fighter, Tekken 8.

Tekken 8 is set to expand the series more than any previous entry.

The gaming community’s heightened buzz was justified as the release date, previously shrouded in mystery and leaked on the internet, was officially unveiled: January 26, 2024.

Gamers, mark your calendars for a post-festive treat, because Tekken is coming to PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S, just as the holidays die down. 

With the enigmatic Katsuhiro Harada, Tekken’s creator, taking center stage, an illuminating new trailer was unfurled. It’s not only a reaffirmation of the earlier leaked release date but it also cast a spotlight on a wealth of new information, keeping every Tekken enthusiast at the edge of their seats.

As the trailer unravelled, a legion of familiar faces marched across the screen, nodding to their imminent return. Names that have become synonymous with the Tekken lexicon like Kuma, Steve Fox, Shaheen, Dragunov, Yoshimitsu and Leo Steinbuck, and so much moremore, were showcased. Notably, these are the most fighters we’ve seen revealed at the same time for Tekken 8, and while their kits remain an enticing mystery, their sheer presence is a testament to Bandai’s commitment to the game’s legacy.

Yet, it wasn’t just the returning characters that stole the show. New entrants to the fray were introduced. The fierce and proud Peruvian mixed martial artist, Azuscena Castillo, with a penchant for promoting her family’s coffee company, joined the roster, as did Jack-8, the revamped iteration of the iconic Jack series.

We don’t know who copied who but we’re just glad both Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8 are bringing their A game.

Amid the cascade of character reveals, an enticing new single-player mode, Arcade Quest, made its debut. Drawing inspiration from the golden era of arcade gaming, players find themselves thrust into the vibrant Tekken arcade scene, battling it out with both friends and strangers. Within this mode, players get the liberty to craft their very own chibi-style avatars. The trailer hinted at a plethora of customization options, making Arcade Quest not just a homage to the past but also a refreshing new take on the Tekken experience.

The Arcade Quest, as showcased, is a clear nod to the Street Fighter 6’s own Battle Hub, emphasizing the nexus of online battles. A vital feature that stood out was the vast array of cosmetics available for almost every character. In line with Tekken’s legacy of not selling costume packs, Bandai Namco continues to empower players to craft their distinct in-game costumes, often resulting in outlandishly spectacular avatars.

Pre-orders for Tekken 8 are also live now, adding more excitement to the mix. Gamers eager to be part of the Tekken journey can choose between three distinct editions: Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate. Moreover, a special incentive in the form of exclusive costumes for Arcade avatars awaits those jumping onto the pre-order bandwagon.

When it’s all said and done, Tekken 8 could be the best entry in the franchise ever.

With the reveal, fans don’t have to wait for the Tokyo Game Show anymore. This does, beg the question, what else will we see about Tekken 8 from Bandai?

The announcement positions Tekken 8 amidst a resurgent fighting game landscape. The release of Street Fighter 6 and the impending launch of Mortal Kombat 1 as well as a surprise Killer Instinct update all depict a genre brimming with a healthy mix of innovation and excitement.

With Riot Games, the titan behind behemoths like League of Legends and Valorant, throwing their hat into the ring with Project L, Tekken 8’s launch becomes even more crucial.

Most fans are just happy to see that, after all this time and that’s happened, Yoshimitsu is still part of the Tekken 8 roster.

With Tekken 8’s release, next January is shaping up to be a big opening month for gaming. We should note that it’s not standing alone, with Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League vying for attention. 

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