Tekken 8 was announced this year with a stunning reveal trailer, showcasing some insane visuals and Unreal Engine 5 tech. Bandai Namco didn’t offer a release date for the anticipated fighting game, but the company’s latest public documents mention that it might be targeting a 2023 release.
In the same public documents that revealed Elden Ring surpassed 17.5 million units in sales, Bandai Namco also offered a small update on when it plans to release Tekken 8, aiming for 2023 or later. This makes sense as several years have passed since Tekken 7 released and Bandai Namco would’ve already spent a bit of time developing the next game. If it releases next year, it will also be pitted against Street Fighter 6 and possibly NetherRealm Studios’ next fighter, which is rumoured to be Mortal Kombat 12.
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As pointed out by Reddit user Awkward96, the Bandai Namco documents clearly mention that Tekken 8 might be coming in 2023:
“In addition to the titles scheduled for release in fiscal 2022, we plan to release a number of major titles in fiscal 2023 that will allow players to enjoy playing games longer and deeper. We are also developing Tekken 8 with the aim of releasing it in 2023 or later.”
The developer previously revealed that Tekken 8 will only release on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC and won’t receive a release on last-gen consoles. This makes sense given the striking visuals on display in the reveal trailer, which showed in-game footage of what appeared to be gameplay mixed with some cutscenes and quick camera cuts.
So far, it looks like Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima, the father/son duo and poster boys for the Tekken series, are the only two confirmed fighters so far. Bandai Namco hasn’t said anything about the game since revealing it at a PlayStation State of Play event earlier this year.
Source: Bandai Namco (via Reddit)