Tekken has had a storied history since its debut on the original PlayStation, but Tekken 7 is undoubtedly one of the generation's best fighters. Offering a sizeable roster, bolstered by four seasons of additional content and fighters, as well as a deep yet accessible fighting system, Tekken 7 is the kind of game that looks set to keep on growing. Still, with a new console generation, what of the series' inevitable eighth instalment? With over three million sales of Tekken 7 alone, Bandai Namco would be mad not to continue the series. Here's everything you need to know about Tekken 8.
Tekken 8: Everything We Know
14 September 2021 -
Following on from the huge GeForce NOW leak that happened earlier this week, NVIDIA has responded with a statement to WCCFTech. The TLDR is that NVIDIA has confirms that the GeForce NOW leak is real, but also included ‘Speculative Titles’. Here's the full statement:
NVIDIA is aware of an unauthorized published game list, with both released and/or speculative titles, used only for internal tracking and testing. Inclusion on the list is neither confirmation nor an announcement of any game. NVIDIA took immediate action to remove access to the list. No confidential game builds or personal information were exposed.
Could Tekken 8 be one of the speculative titles, or do NVIDIA know something the rest of us don't? Only time will tell...
13 September 2021 -
A huge GeForce NOW database leak is currently doing the rounds after dataminers gained access to the list of NVIDIA's internal database for upcoming releases; and it includes Tekken 8!
Obviously take this with a grain of salt for the time being, since it's hard to gauge how many of these are just fanciful placeholders, but we suspect we'll find out more soon given the size of the leak in question.
Ok, so we're jumping the gun somewhat here since at the time of writing Bandai Namco is still yet to reveal whatever game in the series comes next.
The development team has traditionally taken a fair bit of time between each mainline release, with six years between the sixth and seventh instalments (albeit with Tag Tournament 2 sandwiched in the middle). There's also the possibility of Tekken 7 assets being repurposed to allow for a next-gen title, something we've seen before when Tekken Tag Tournament launched on PS2. Could the next game be Tag Tournament 3?
Tekken 7 has expanded its roster with an impressive cadence of new fighters, both taken from the series' history and from elsewhere.
We've received the likes of Armor King, Ganryu, Lei Wulong, and Zafina, and it looks as though Kunimitsu could be the next addition. Meanwhile, there have been plenty of new characters, including Muay Thai giant Fahkumram, the sassy Katarina, and Leroy Smith, a wing chun master. Perhaps most excitingly are the characters pulled from other games and universes, like Akuma from Street Fighter, Geese Howard from the King of Fighters Franchise, Noctis from Final Fantasy XV and even Negan from The Walking Dead!
Will Tekken 8 be similarly experimental? We sure hope so, but for the time being we're still very much in the dark as to which characters could be included in the Tekken 8 roster.
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After years of being found exclusively on PlayStation systems, recent Tekken titles have made the jump to PC and Xbox, too. While there's always the possibility that Sony will look to lock the franchise in again, we'd expect whatever the next instalment is to appear on PS5, Xbox Series S and X, and PC. The series has also traditionally offered an arcade release, but with the current global pandemic, that may have to wait.
What Do Pro Players Want?
Speaking with Red Bull back in early 2021, a number of pro-Tekken players offered up what they would like to see from the next instalment in the series. Primarily Red Bull spoke with Hoa ‘Anakin’ Luu and Kana ‘Tanukana’ Tani covering everything from the game's launch to more specific topics such as netcode, guest characters, and new mechanics.
The interview is a solid read (and should take over 13 minutes according to the page), so we obviously won't share all their thoughts here. We'll just leave you with one quote from Kana on the importance of a solid netcode at launch:
“There was a long-awaited large-scale update to Tekken 7 in November 2020, which included various character updates and system additions. One of the most talked-about updates among the Japanese players was the improvement of the netcode. Not only in Japan, but also in other Asian countries, players can now compete at a competitive level, and I am learning every day how to compete with new and strong players.”
Story Updated on January 14 by James Wright. Contributions by Lloyd Coombes