Tekken 8 Countdown Finally Begins!

Tekken 8 Countdown Finally Begins!

The iconic Tekken series has fascinated gamers for over 3 decades now. It is hailed as one of the longest-lasting 3D fighter game franchises ever.

With the last edition, Tekken 7 generating a huge 10 million sales worldwide, fans expectations for Tekken 8 are soaring sky-high. According to Bandai Namco Studios, the Tekken 8 release date is set to be 26th January this year!

With the release of Tekken 8 just a few days away, a series of trailers have surfaced so far.

The official launch trailer was out on 18th January 2024 which is likely to be the last of them. Filled with action-packed moments, an immersive storyline, and stunning visuals, the upcoming Tekken 8 is worth keeping an eye on.

Stick with us as this article will dissect the trailers and tell you everything you need to know about Tekken 8!

Tekken 8 Storyline

The story of Tekken 8 kicks off from where Tekken 7 ended. To give you a quick recap, Tekken 7 ended with Kazuya killing his father Heihachi. Six months after the events of Tekken 7 ended, Tekken 8 sets in.

It will revolve around the father-son duo of Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama. Kazuya is wreaking havoc over the world with his G Corporation. Meanwhile, Jin has recovered from the coma he was in. He is teaming up with his companions to bring down his father Kazuya. Jin wants to end the chaos from his lineage once and for all.

The most exciting part of this game is the devil gene possessed by both Kazuya and Jin.

While Kazuya seems to have control on his devilish power we will have to play and see whether Jin has learned to control this devil gene or not. Tekken 8 also marks the surprise return of Jin’s mother namely Jun Kazama who had not featured since Tekken 3. Moreover, there is also the emergence of a new character namely Reina who is alleged to be the daughter of Heihachi.

Tekken 8 Official Launch Trailer

With only a week remaining in the release of Tekken 8, Bandai Namco released an official launch trailer. You can check out the trailer here. It features new clips of immersive story mode, stunning gameplay clips, and some information about other modes on offer.

The highlight of this trailer is the epic cinematic story mode. You can see a large colosseum where the fights will be in full swing. Kazuya is announcing the entry of the next King of the Iron Fist Tournament. The new character of Reina can be seen walking in the streets of New York.

The trailer showcases that there will be a total of 32 characters in Tekken 8. For players who love multiplayer gaming, an Online Fight Lounge Mode can be seen in the trailer. It comprises a digital arcade world where players roam with their chosen avatars and search for fights and more.

Tekken 8 Gameplay

Tekken 8 gameplay boasts incredible visuals. If you compare it with Tekken 7, the graphics are no doubt a massive upgrade. Tekken 8 symbolizes a more aggressive gameplay which is evident from its trailers.

The mechanics and gameplay of Tekken 8 is more on the fast-paced and hard-hitting side.

The gameplay also features the new heat system. It comprises a blue bar under the health bar of your fighter. When the bar turns purple, the fighter is ready to perform Heat Dashes and Heat Smash which entails severe damage to the opponent.

This is similar to Rage art and Rage drives as seen previously. 

Tekken 8 Demo

Bandai Namco Studios revealed the Tekken 8 demo on Twitter (X). The demo can be played on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. It lets gamers get a feel ahead of the official launch.

The demo features several modes including the first chapters of the story mode, arcade quest, one super ghost battle, versus mode with multiplayer, and a gallery of cut scenes from Tekken to Tekken 7. The demo also features 4 characters namely Kazuya Mishima, Jin Kazama, Nina Williams, and Paul Phoenix.

Can I Play Tekken 8 on PS5?

Yes, you can play Tekken 8 on PS5. Moreover, the game will be released on Xbox Series X|S and PC as well along with PS5. After all, the new generation consoles are better equipped to showcase the breathtaking visuals of Tekken 8 providing you with an immersive and spectacular experience.

For passionate fans, there is a chance to pre-order Tekken 8 from here.  Bandai Namco has announced a bonus for those who pre-order Tekken 8! You will get an additional avatar costume of Paul Phoenix Set comprising five different items.

This is a cool feature to make your avatar look like the charming Paul Phoenix.

Final Words

It is finally the time to mark your calendars as 26th January is just around the corner.

From what we have seen so far, Tekken 8 is sure to surpass its predecessors in terms of gameplay, visuals, graphics, and modes on offer. Gamers are eagerly waiting to get their hands on this highly anticipated game. Does it really live up to its expectations or not?

We will have to wait and see!