Bandai Namco Entertainment has released a new gameplay trailer for its anticipated upcoming fighting game, Tekken 8. This time, a brand new character has joined the roster. The mysterious Reina seems to be tied very closely to the Mishima bloodline in some way, with her moveset described as a more fluid variation of Heihachi (considering that he likely won’t be making an appearance in the game, at least for now).
Not much is known about Reina but she seems to know a lot about Jin and Kazuya. Her fighting style is definitely reminiscent of Heihachi’s hard-hitting combos but she’s notably faster and more agile. Her Heat smash involves dragging opponents along the ground in a brutish way and hammering others with heavy counters. Whatever her story is, we can surely expect it to be explored in the upcoming story mode for Tekken 8, which promises to be a lot more expansive than Tekken 7‘s story.
One commenter on YouTube described Reina, “Reina Mishima looks like an amazing addition to the Tekken series! Her design is so unique, and I can’t wait to see her moves and backstory in Tekken 8. The Mishima bloodline lives on, and Reina seems like a worthy successor to Heihachi.”
In other news, Bandai Namco previously revealed another new character, Victor Chevalier, the first French fighter in the series. Victor will be voiced by popular French actor Vincent Cassel. The publisher also revealed a handful of fighters coming to the starting roster for Tekken 8 including Alisa, Devil Jin, Zafina, Lee and Panda.
According to game director Katsuhiro Harada, Bandai Namco and the development team made the decision to delay Tekken 8 to early 2024 in order to avoid its main fighting game competitor, Street Fighter 6, this year. Harada implied that Tekken 8 was meant to launch on the exact same day as Capcom’s fighter, which would’ve been a bit of a messy conflict for fighting game fans. On the plus side, this gave the team extra time in development to polish the game.
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. Watch Reina’s gameplay trailer below:
Source: Bandai Namco