"Tekken 8" Set to Arrive in January 2024

For aficionados of the virtual fight arena, 2023 seems to be a punch-packed year.

by Faruk Imamovic
"Tekken 8" Set to Arrive in January 2024
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For aficionados of the virtual fight arena, 2023 seems to be a punch-packed year. As the calendar promises the release of heavy hitters like "Street Fighter 6," "Mortal Kombat I," and "Guilty Gear Strive," fans already have their joysticks at the ready.

Yet, amidst this list of legendary titles, another game has entered the ring, setting the stage for a whole new saga.

"Tekken 8": A New Dawn

Bandai Namco pulled the curtain at Gamescom 2023 to unveil "Tekken 8." Slated for a January 26 launch, the game will be accessible to a wide audience, compatible with platforms such as PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X and S.

For the dedicated fans who can barely wait, the good news is that pre-orders have already commenced. Heralded as the tenth installment of the iconic series, "Tekken 8" boasts a roster of 32 diverse fighters, featuring fan favorites like King.

Its recent trailer threw fans into a whirl of speculation with the revelation that the game signifies the start of a "new Tekken saga"—a narrative world without the presence of the formidable Heihachi Mishima.

Innovations and Expectations

Perhaps what's most intriguing is the introduction of the Arcade Quest single-player mode.

Echoing the charm of customizable Mii-like avatars, players will have the opportunity to craft unique characters and throw them into the competitive world of Tekken tournaments. Producer Michael Murray tantalizingly hinted at the mode's "AI-infused learning aspects." This addition, still shrouded in mystery, promises to usher in a fresh gameplay dynamic, potentially revolutionizing how players engage with the title.

Beyond this, "Tekken 8" appears to be laying the groundwork for a stable online experience. Earlier in April, it was confirmed that the game would support crossplay and employ rollback netcode. Game director Katsuhiro Harada further raised eyebrows and garnered applause by declaring that, in contrast to its predecessor "Tekken 7" and rival "Street Fighter 6," the new game will abstain from implementing the Denuvo anti-piracy DRM.

As the gaming community waits with bated breath, one thing is certain: 2023 is poised to be an adrenaline-fueled year for fighting game enthusiasts. The big question is: which title will claim the championship belt? Only time will tell.