Tekken 8, the anticipated upcoming fighting game from Bandai Namco, is set to feature a handful of modes outside of its usual arcade offerings. From the return of Tekken Ball mode to a more robust story mode than Tekken 7, it’s shaping up to be quite a content-filled experience. One new mode being introduced in the game is Arcade Quest, which will allow players to roam around a virtual arcade with custom-made avatars and build friendships.
IGN recently released a video breaking down what players can expect in Arcade Quest mode. Your first mission is to hang around a mini-arcade and make some friends while learning the ropes of Tekken 8‘s gameplay systems like the Heat mechanic. Beyond that, players will also be able to challenge other players and complete objectives. It’s a simple, fun deviation from the seriousness of the main story and should entice players to hop online and test their skills like it’s an arcade from the 90s.
Playing matches in Arcade Quest mode can also earn you money that you can then use to purchase customisation items. Like previous entries in the series, Tekken 8 will also let players customise each fighter with a variety of cosmetics, outfits and items. Hopefully the customisation options are more extensive like Tekken 6 as fans felt that Tekken 7 didn’t have as much variety.
In a previous interview, director Katsuhiro Harada spoke about how Bandai Namco decided to shift Tekken 8‘s release date to 2024 in order to avoid the release window of Street Fighter 6. At one point in the company’s schedule, Tekken 8 was actually meant to launch on the same day as its fighting game competitor – the delay was a smart move because it now allows Tekken 8 to occupy its own release space on the calendar while also giving the development team additional time to iron out any problems.
Tekken 8 launches on 26 January 2024 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Make sure you check out the game’s various editions through our handy South African pre-order guide.