Tekken 8: Everything you need to know

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Credit: Bandai Namco

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Tekken 8 is the highly anticipated latest instalment in the long-standing and beloved fighting game franchise, co-developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Arika. With a new "Heat" gauge system and a greater focus on stage destruction, Tekken 8 is set to surpass expectations!

During gamescom 2023 Opening Night Live, cheers resounded as Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada and producer Michael Murray took to the stage, delivering a wealth of new information about Tekken 8, along with introducing a brand-new trailer.

After predominantly showcasing battle mechanics and new gameplay throughout the year, this trailer offered fans a sneak peek into the new single-player game mode, confirmed the return of numerous legacy characters, and unveiled the official launch date for Tekken 8.

Tekken 8 release date

Following torrents of leaks and speculation, Tekken fans finally got the closure they needed during gamescom 2023. It was revealed by Bandai Namco that Tekken 8 is set to be released on 25 January 2024 at 3 PM PT | 6 PM ET | 11 PM GMT.


Tekken 8 will be released on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X.

A screenshot from the gamescom 2023 Tekken 8 overview trailer
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Unfortunately, the game will not be available on PS4. Bandai Namco Entertainment has clarified that this choice stems from the game's meticulous design, which aims to maximise the potential of the latest generation consoles. The same goes for Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

Tekken 8 character roster

To the delight of many fans, the Tekken 8 overview trailer officially announced that there will be a total of 32 characters available at the launch of Tekken 8.

Fan-favourite fighters such as Yoshimitsu, Jun Kazama, Nina Williams, Steve Fox, Ling Xiaoyu, Shaheen, and more are making their return.

A screenshot of Yoshimitsu in the gamescom 2023 Tekken 8 overview trailer
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Yoshimitsu is coming back!

Additionally, six brand-new faces will be joining the roster, including the Peruvian newcomer Azucena, whose evasive abilities are already winning fans over following her reveal at Evo 2023.

To sum up, here is a list of all confirmed characters that will join Tekken 8's roster:

Alisa Bosconovitch
Lee Chaolan
Paul Phoenix
Asuka Kazama
Leo Kliesen
Jin Kazama
Leroy Smith
Bryan Fury
Jun Kazama
Claudio Serafino
Kazuya Mishima
Ling Xiaoyu
Steve Fox
Devil Jin
Marshall Law
Victor Chevalier
Nina Williams
Feng Wei
Lars Alexandersson

New game mode in Tekken 8

On top of that, the trailer also unveiled an exciting new single-player game mode coming to Tekken 8, called Arcade Quest.

A screenshot of Tekken 8 new game mode, Arcade Quest, in the gamescom 2023 Tekken 8 overview trailer
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Tekken 8 new game mode, Arcade Quest

Interestingly, this upcoming game mode bears similarities to Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution's quest mode, as it revolves around the competitive arcade scene and incorporates "AI-infused learning aspects". Players will have the opportunity to create a chibi-style avatar and engage in heated battles against various opponents within an in-game arcade setting.

Interested in learning more about Tekken 8? We've got you covered. Find out what transpired during EVO 2023, and familiarise yourself with the newest roster additions, Azucena Ortiz, Raven, and Victor Chevalier.

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