Publisher Bandai Namco says Tekken 8 will have a story mode that’s much bigger and greater in scope than Tekken 7 thanks to an increased budget. The anticipated fighting game is currently set to launch on 26 January 2024, with the marketing mainly focusing on highlighting each character’s combos and fighting styles through numerous gameplay trailers. However, the story mode promises a continuation of the Mishima storyline and it aims to deliver something much grander than Tekken 7.
Speaking to Famitsu in a recent interview, Bandai Namco’s Kohei Ikeda and Naoya Yasuda revealed that the budget for Tekken 8‘s story mode was considerably bigger than Tekken 7, allowing them to flesh out the stories and characters in a lot more detail this time. Tekken 7‘s story mode ditched the conventional character-based stories of past games in favour of a shorter, more coherent narrative that was met with a mixed reception from fans.
The story for Tekken 8 will focus on the rivalry between father and son Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama following the death of Heihachi in the last game. Ikeda and Yasuda stated:
“Of course, it will be more than Tekken 7. …As a matter of fact, when I was informed of how much of the budget we had used for the Story Mode, I went, ‘O…Oh, my. This is quite the price.’ (laughs). When we first saw just how much we made, even I was very surprised. ‘No way that we made this much!’ I thought. (laughs) Since there are, at the very least, 32 characters, I had a hard time connecting them in my head, but fighting games are all about the charm of the characters, so we made sure to bring out the most out of each of them.”
Tekken 8 recently received its release date via a new trailer that unveiled Yoshimitsu, Dragunov, Kuma and more characters officially joining the roster. Make sure you check out the game’s various editions through our handy South African pre-order guide.
Tekken 8 launches on 26 January 2024 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Famitsu (via NoisyPixel)