An incredibly brief trailer revealed during EVO 2022 hints at a new Tekken game. During a fighting game tournament, a clip shows the infamous ending of Kazuya in the original Tekken, who avenged his father Heihachi by throwing him off a cliff. When the camera zooms in on his smile, the shot doesn’t end, it’s a blur, his face is replaced by an old, scarred Kazuya who got red eyes in Tekken 4. “Ready,” it said.
A video less than 30 seconds long isn’t much, but rumors of a remake of the original Tekken and a new sequel have been swirling around for a while. Given that the trailer shows an older version of Kazuya, it’s safe to assume Bandai Namco isn’t hinting at a remake.
The next #TEKKEN was briefly teased at #Evo2022. be ready! pic.twitter.com/B8KwPvWuaIAugust 8, 2022
Tekken 8 appeared in last year’s Nvidia leak, in which a web developer discovered a database of games in Nvidia’s GeForce Now client that included some unannounced games. Guess we’ve got another one to add to this leak’s list of confirmed games, along with PC ports like GTA: Trilogy, God of War and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Street Fighter 6, and more.
Back in 2017, when Tekken 7 was announced for PC (the first in the series being ported to our platform of choice), we caught up with series director Katsuhiro Harada. When asked if the plan is to make Tekken 7 an ever-updated live streaming service, or if Tekken 8 is inevitable, Harada replied: “If the game is released and players really like 7 and want to see more of the same in the game The truth, maybe that’s what could happen. Or maybe we released the game and at some point decided to change the game so much that it needed to change the 8 or the number. We had some early ideas of what we wanted to do, But it really depends on the players and what they want to see.”
Tekken: Bloodlines is an anime-style adaptation of the series that appears to be largely based on the plot of Tekken 3, which will be released on Netflix this month. It will follow Kazuya’s son Jin Kazama as he trains with his grandfather Heihachi to seek revenge against the ancient demon Ogre. It expires on August 18th.