Earlier in EVO last month, we got our first glimpse at what seemed to be Tekken 8. With the 3D fighting game series going strong for the last couple of generations, the team at Bandai Namco officially never confirmed nor denied a sequel. The closest we’d get to confirmation was a cryptic 3-second video of Kazuya smiling, a callback to his iconic smirk from Tekken 1.
Last night, however, Bandai Namco removed the veil from the title and officially confirmed its existence through a bombastic trailer in the State of Play last night. The trailer features Jin and Kazuya duking it out at a destroyed area. Katsuhiro Harada, game director and chief producer, penned some of his thoughts about the reveal over at the PlayStation Blog.
Firstly, everything shown in the trailer was from a certain part in Tekken 8’s WIP story mode. The scenes and actions were playing on a PlayStation 5, and everything was in-game real-time, not pre-rendered. The footage was also running in real-time 60 FPS, akin to the actual vs battle modes in the title.
Harada-san also points to the level of quality in the new player character models, which sets itself apart from Tekken 7. The last title’s character models, even though beautiful, definitely looked dated after a certain point. Tekken 8’s character models, on the other hand, are highly detailed with little detail added to them.
Additionally, the trailer takes place in one of the Battle Stages in the game, showcasing all the effects we can expect from the title, like dynamic waves and tornadoes, a tanker breaking apart and more.
Finally, the storyline this time will focus on the father and son showdown between Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima. No release date for the game’s confirmed, but the title will come out for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Check out the reveal trailer for Tekken 8 down below.